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Keeping Families Safe and Healthy

This book, written by Ngo Hna, a refugee. provides the information that you need to maintain a safe and healthy home for you and your family. When Ngo immigrated to the United States, she saw that many new Americans face difficult challenges when first arriving and one of the biggest adjustments is getting used to life in a new home.

For example, in many parts of the world people may not cook with an electric or gas stove as is common practice in America. Therefore, many new Americans have little experience cleaning and maintaining gas or electric stoves and might accidentally break a stove from simple misuse. Many new residents are also unfamiliar with gas or electric heat and are not aware of the need for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

This book will help you learn about your new home so that you can avoid simple mistakes that might cause big problems. Keeping a clean, safe home is one of the most important ways to protect your family’s health and reduce stress, allergies, asthma, and the spread of germs.

We hope that this book serves as a reference resource, or a checklist, of what needs to be done – and what needs to be avoided – to maintain a safe and clean home. So you can read the entire book or just look for certain topics that interest you.While this book will help all new residents and first time renters, it is designed specifically for new immigrants and refugees. Landlords, property managers, and support organizations may also find it useful to better understand some of the challenges that refugees and immigrants face when arriving in America.

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