The Healthy Housing Reference Manual, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addresses many common home health and safety issues. It is a free document available here for viewing or download in a pdf format (Hint: Download and open in Acrobat Reader for active Table-of-Content links which make the document much more readable). The publication was last revised in 2006, so it is reasonably current.

Many housing deficiencies impact on health and safety. For example, lead-based paint and dust may contribute to lead poisoning in children; water leakage and mold may contribute to asthma episodes; common pests may carry disease and trigger asthma episodes; improper use and storage of pesticides may result in unintentional poisoning; and lack of working smoke, carbon monoxide alarms means of emergency egress may cause serious injury and death.

In addition to its value as a general home health reference, this manual can provide specific follow-up information to items which may be documented in your home inspection report. The Healthy Housing Reference Manual contains 14 chapters, each with a specific area of focus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Healthy housing reference manual. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2006.