Keep your family healthy this winter with a warm and dry home
05 June 2019
As the weather gets colder, help keep your family healthy with a warm and dry home.
Homes that are warm, dry, uncrowded and smokefree can help protect you and your family from illnesses such as asthma, respiratory infections and rheumatic fever. We know this is often more easily said than done.
Overcrowding is sometimes unavoidable, not all houses are in good repair, and heating can be expensive. However, there are key things that you can think about to help keep your home healthy - keep heat in, keep moisture out, and keep the air clean.
To help keep heat in your home, it helps to have thick curtains and to only open your curtains during the day and close them at night. Stop draughts under doors and around windows where you can. From the 1st July 2019, all rental properties must be insulated so be sure to ask your landlord if your rental property is.
Keep moisture out of your home by opening windows to let steam out of the laundry, kitchen and bathroom areas or by using an extractor fan if you have one, to prevent condensation. It also helps to put lids on pots when cooking meals. Dry your laundry outside or in the garage/carport and if you have a clothes dryer, make sure it is vented to the outside. Wipe off any water that has collected on walls or windows. Check for water leaks from guttering or plumbing and repair them, or let your landlord know about them.
To help keep the air clean in your home, make your home smoke-free and avoid using unflued portable LPG gas heaters, as they produce moisture and may pollute the air. Opening your windows for a few minutes each day lets in fresh air.
If you require support to get your home up to standard, or are wanting more information, please contact AWHI Health Housing on phone 09 950 3326 or Text 021 712 266.
If you’re a SouthSeas client or family, please contact Lydia on 027 622 6247 or email: SocialServices@southseas.org.nz
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516