Sunday, July 9, 2017

Home, Healthy Home: 4 Hidden Health Dangers Lurking in Your Home

Chloe Taylor is sharing some of the dangers that can be lurking in your home. This was super informative and had me double checking my own home! Thanks for the great advice Chloe!


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In an ideal world, all hazardous materials would either reek, appear repulsive or be labeled with a symbol of skull and crossbones. Unfortunately, one of the most troublesome things with dangerous substances is that they seldom come with the yellow tape strapped to them. It goes without saying just how disturbing this thought actually is. On the other hand, they say that the first step in avoiding the trap lies in knowing there is one in the first place. Now that we have this covered, it might be the time to be a bit more specific. With this in mind, here are four hidden health dangers lurking in your home.
  1. Household cleaners

The first item on this list is a paradox of sorts, seeing how some of the most harmful chemicals for your health can be found in none other than your household cleaners. Chlorine, sodium hydroxide, perchloroethylene, and phthalates are particularly troublesome and those cleaners that contain them are best avoided.
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This is especially important seeing how you might be tempted to use some of them in your kitchen, where, potentially, they could come in contact with your food. Instead of them, you should turn to home-made cleaners consisting of ingredients such as soapy water, baking soda, lime, vinegar and even bleach.
  1. Carbon monoxide

The perfect example of the silent killer inside of your home is the carbon monoxide. Although a lot less toxic than most other gases, it takes approximately 500 lives each year. How is this possible? Well, the peculiarity of this gas is that it is completely odorless and flavorless, which might make it quite unnoticeable. It is most common in heat sources such as gas heaters, wood stoves, and fireplace. To a lesser degree, even a tobacco smoke can raise the levels of carbon monoxide in a room. The only way to fight this problem, however, is with the use of a proper ventilation.
  1. Asbestos

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Another hidden danger inside of your home is asbestos, which is a material that can be found in a number of your household elements. So far, it is known to cause lung tissue scarring and it is the only proven cause of malignant mesothelioma. In a situation where your home was built more than several decades ago, there is a risk it contains asbestos in elements such as boilers, fireplaces, pipes and especially ducts. If you have any suspicion of this being the case, the only reliable way of finding out is having someone do the proper testing. It is also advisable to do this during the pre-purchase home inspection. For instance, if you plan to purchase a home in Melbourne, you might want to look for an asbestos testing Melbourne based company.
  1. Mold

Although not as dangerous as the above-listed three issues, the mold is probably the most common problem of many homeowners all over the world. Long-time exposure to mold is known to cause nasal stiffness, coughing, and severe throat or skin irritation. Be as it may, it can usually be found in damp corners of your home. The most efficient way to handle it is to use a non-ammonia cleaner on it in order to eliminate its spores. Still, if the mold situation in your home seems as if it’s getting out of control, it might be the right time to contact commercial cleaners about it.

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Of course, the above-listed four issues are not everything that could compromise the safety of your household. Air-fresheners, cosmetics, and even contact lenses can potentially put your long-term health in danger. Still, these four will always come as a priority. You see, being a homeowner is not only a privilege but also a great responsibility.  Sure, some of the above-mentioned tips take a great amount of work and even a moderate financial investment but safety is always more important than convenience.

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