Home Environment & Asthma
This online training is designed for public health nurses, certified asthma educators, and anyone else interested in learning more about reducing
asthma triggers in the home.
Part 1: 40 minute Training - includes a walk-through home assessment exercise to explain steps to reduce or eliminate triggers.
- Review indoor triggers
- How to identify these triggers
- Steps to reduce these triggers
Part 2: Resource Section - includes printable information on topics covered in the video and tools to use while conducting a home assessment.
- RETA-Home Evaluation (PDF)
Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma
Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma (RETA) was a MDH Asthma Program project that addressed environmental factors in the homes of
children with asthma using inexpensive, uncomplicated interventions.
- Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma in Homes of
Minnesota Children, September 2007 Report (PDF)
MDH Educational Asthma Trigger Information:
|Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several publications on the common environmental triggers of asthma found in homes.
EPA Asthma Publications
- “Clearing the Air of Asthma Triggers: 10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly” is a one-page, step-by-step fact sheet that provides helpful hints for managing environmental triggers of asthma.
- Clear Your Home of Asthma Triggers: Your Children Will Breathe Easier” focuses on the five common environmental triggers of secondhand smoke, dust, pets, mold, and pests.
- Fact Sheet (PDF): National
Survey on Environmental Management of Asthma and Children's Exposure
to Environmental Tobacco Smoke.
Mold is a common environmental trigger for asthma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a free Mold Web Course that features information on mold prevention and remediation. The course is based on the EPA voluntary guidance document Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings and includes an "Image Library" of mold and moisture photos that may be used for presentations and educational purposes. The target audience is environmental and public health professionals, but anyone can learn from the course.