National Geographic : 1935 Jan
Your House and Your Health S"Come along. You and I are going to inspect this house from top to bottom." INSPECT THOROUGHLY Heating Do your heating arrangements keep your home at an even temperature-about 70'? Have the flues and chimneys been cleaned recently? Is coal gas OW you live is often far more im- emitted from furnace or stoves? portant to your health than where you Plumbing and Drains It is essential to health that sewage should be live. A striking example cf what proper properly disposed of, and that plumbing and sanitation can do is shown in the Panama drains be kept in repair. Is hot and cold water available for kitchen, bathroom and laundry ? Canal Zone. Down there, homes have Electric Wiring and Gas Outlets been made healthful as a result of the Defective electric wiring or connections may cause fires. Gas leaks may cause suffocations or explo work done by the Sanitation Department sions. In case of doubt get professional advice. of the United States Army. Constant Repairs must be made by a qualified expert. Ventilation and Screens vigilance keeps them so. Your home, 1 Adequate ventilation is important to health, but drafts cause discomfort and also waste fuel. In wherever it is, requires equal vigilance. spect the casings of doors and windows to see that they open easily and close tightly. Take an inspection trip through your Screens at the proper season are necessary to keep out flies and mosquitoes-disease carriers. house, from attic to cellar, and see whether Food Protection the heating, lighting, plumbing and ven- Does your refrigerator hold its temperature be tween 40 and yo' and keep perishable food in tilating systems are in condition to give proper condition-especially the milk? you and your family a full measure of health Leaks, Cracks or Breaks andsrt la of he Is there dampness in cellar or attic caused by a leak? and safety. Should any of them be re- Docloggeddrain-pipesorguttersattheedgeofyour paired, altered, or replaced? m roof furnish breeding places for mosquitoes? Is there a r r e c broken plaster in walls or ceilings in which vermin m may breed? Shaky stairs? Weak banisters? Loose If you find that your house is in apple-pie i boards in floorings? They add to the number of M falls-the most frequent of all accidents in homes. order, you will be gratified. If you find 4 Lighting a condition which should be corrected, Correct lighting is needed to prevent eyestrain. Smm Many a fall has been prevented by properly placed you will be glad to do what is necessary lights-particularly in halls and on stairways. to make your home safer, more healthful Garbage and more com . Proper disposal of refuse and garbage is imperative. and more comfortable. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT .. .- ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. Q 1934 M.L.I. O0. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."