Top 5 Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home
They say home is where the heart is, but our homes can also be hidden havens for a variety of health concerns. To keep yourself and your family safe in your home, check for the following safety hazards on a regular basis.
1. Mold in the Home
Mold develops in moist environments. The air inside your home may become damp for any number of reasons, including flooding, leaking, or even cooking or showering. If your home lies in a flood plain, you may routinely experience a high level of moisture in your home.
Breathing in mold spores can cause allergic reactions like itchy eyes or runny nose. It may also cause more serious conditions, such as a lung infection.
To control the moisture levels in your home, use a dehumidifier, which will pull moisture out of the air. Using HEPA air purifiers is another way to clean the air you breathe in your home.
2. Hazardous Insects Found Indoors
While most people would rather not have creepy-crawly insects in their home, some, like spiders, are normally harmless to our health.
Some insects, however, can bite humans, spread disease, or damage our belongings and homes. Cockroaches, ants, and flies can carry disease. When they crawl or land on us or our food, they can make us sick.
Bedbugs, lice, and fleas are insects commonly found in the home that are parasitic and harmful to humans and other animals. Moths can eat away at our clothes, while termites eat away at wood in our walls and foundation.
To help control the harmful insects in your home, ensure that you regularly have gutters cleaned and have your home treated by a professional pest control service. Avoid leaving food or sugary items out, which may attract insects. Work to keep surfaces that are prone to collecting water clean and dry.
3. Air Quality in Your Home
One of the most potentially harmful elements in your home might be an invisible one—the air. If someone in your family has asthma, allergies, or a lung condition, it is especially crucial to maintain healthy air quality in your home.
Some of the most common air quality problems that may be present in your home are:
- Carbon monoxide
- Paint products and chemicals
- Secondhand smoke
To help maintain healthy air quality in your home, first ensure that it is properly ventilated. Keep humidity levels below 50% with a dehumidifier, use carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and have your home tested for radon.
4. Preventing Salmonella and E.Coli
Millions of Americans become sick each year from microbial food-borne illnesses. Help keep your family safe when dining at home with these tips for preventing Salmonella and E. coli.
- The majority of salmonella cases are linked to eating undercooked eggs. Cook eggs thoroughly—until yolks are firm—to prevent salmonella.
- To prevent E. coli, always wash all fruit and vegetables thoroughly.
- Avoid cross-contamination when preparing food, especially meat. Do not eat rare hamburgers or other forms of ground beef.
5. Water Quality in the Home
Most of us take for granted that the tap water we drink at home is completely safe, but this is not always the case. Especially for babies and young children, contaminants in water can be harmful.
If you notice any odd smells or particles floating in your water, those are common signs of contamination, and you should contact your local water supplier to find information on their latest water testing results. Use the Water Quality Association’s tools for identifying water quality issues to stay alert to possible problems.
For peace of mind that your water is safe, regularly clean the residue and buildup from the inside of your faucet, and change water filters frequently.
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