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Breathe Easy at Home
Conditions in the home can adversely affect people with asthma. Their symptoms can be triggered by exposure to many things such as mold, roach and mouse leavings and dust mites. Breathe Easy at Home (BEAH) is a web-based referral system allowing doctors, nurses, or other health professionals to refer their Boston patients with asthma for a home inspection, conducted by the Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD). ISD inspectors enforce the state sanitary code for housing in Boston. The ISD inspectors are trained to identify asthma triggers that are covered by the state sanitary code. These include:
- Mold and chronic dampness;
- Leaks in roofs or plumbing;
- Pest infestations;
- Drafty doors and windows;
- No heat;
- Poor ventilation; and
- Damaged carpeting.
Through Breathe Easy at Home, ISD inspectors work with the property owners to eliminate these poor housing conditions.
ISD launched the Breathe Easy at Home website in 2006, as a way to provide feedback to the health care providers who had referred their patients with asthma for a code inspection. A web-based system allows the referrer to track the request through the system and know if the conditions had been corrected. Non-compliant owners are taken to court.
For more information including a sample of the webpages used in BEAH referrals, see the attached powerpoint presentation.
Please go to the Breathe Easy at Home.
Please follow this link for more information about the Boston Public Health Commission’s Asthma Prevention and Control Program, including in-home education.