If someone were to ask you to name the one place in the world where you happen to feel the safest, we’re pretty sure that what would go on the very top of your list is your house. Yet, did you know that even inside of your home, there are potential dangers that could prove to be a real hazard when it comes to the health of you, your loved ones and even your pets?
So, in order to keep you and those you care about safe and sound, we wanted to provide you with a list of five dangerous home issues that you should be on the lookout for and definitely not ignore below:
An old refrigerator. You probably wouldn’t think that an old refrigerator could actually be the cause of a health hazard but the reality is that there are over 70 million food-related illnesses in the US alone, some of which could be avoided if people’s food was properly stored. That’s why if your refrigerator is over 10-15 years of age, you might want to replace it with an Energy Star one. Not only are they energy-efficient but you can be confident that the food inside of it is being kept at its proper temperature too.
Pots and pans. Speaking of kitchen hazards, did you know there’s another one that is specifically related to your pots and pans? Although non-stick cookware can be easier to cook with, it is made with a lot of chemicals that can be easily digested. How? Well, when you prepare meals in them or even wash them out, you can inadvertently scrape them and when little flakes of the chemicals get into our system, they can actually lead to impaired hormonal growth. That’s why it’s actually best to go with stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans instead.
Mold and mildew. Homes that tend to have a lot of moisture in them, whether it’s due to water leaks or humidity, are quite vulnerable when it comes to encountering mold and mildew infestations. And if that is left unattended, not only can they damage the wooden frame of your home but they can also lead to respiratory illnesses too. There are some things that you can do to prevent mold and mildew from being in your house. Check for water leaks (especially around the pipes under your sink). Get a dehumidifier for your basement. And also, turn on your exhaust fans in the kitchen and basement in order to increase circulation.
Asbestos. Although asbestos is not nearly as common in newer homes, if you happen to live in an older one, there’s still a pretty good chance that you could find some; especially inside of your basement. The greatest health risk related to it is cancer. So, if you notice that your insulation is white, brown, silver, yellow or blue, you definitely need to call a professional over to remove it. Our recommendation is that you replace it with an eco-friendly material like cotton or aerogel.
Carbon Monoxide. If you have an HVAC unit in your home, it’s a good idea to have a technician come over once a year to check your coolant levels, check for leaks and also so that they can even answer any questions that you might have such as why does your AC freeze during certain times of the day. Well, if you want to be able to monitor the level of carbon monoxide (or radon) that’s in your home, you don’t need a professional for that. You can easily do this by purchasing a detector. It’s a smart thing to have being that carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting and even death. For more information on how to choose the kind of carbon monoxide detector that is just right for you, visit Target, Home Depot or HomeSafetyStore.com.