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Rid Your Home of These Common Hazards

What is the most common danger in the home? It may surprise you to know that many of the everyday products and items around your home could be a hazard, no matter how safe they claim to be.

For example, your cosy carpet may look like a softer surface to fall on if you have an accident, but studies show that poorly maintained carpeting can lead to allergies and reduced air quality? Take a look at some of the things around the home that could be harming you and your family.

Air Conditioning

There is nothing more satisfying than turning on the air conditioning on a hot summer’s day. However, your air conditioning unit, whether in the office or at home, can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria if not properly maintained. Ensure that your system is regularly cleaned and serviced to prevent any respiratory problems or illness.

Chemical Cleaners

Probably one of the most common products found in the home is bleach – a hazard to anyone who uses it improperly. Bleach can cause chemical burns, breathing problems and has even been shown to cause asthma in those without prior respiratory issues. Ask yourself whether you really need to use bleach or chemical-based cleaners of any kind, particularly if there are children around the house.

Carpets

According to Health Line, your carpet is one of the household items that can be hazardous if it is not cleaned or maintained well. As mentioned previously, they can trigger allergies in those with breathing difficulties or existing respiratory disorders. House dust and mites can trigger an asthma attack or result in respiratory problems developing in children who had no existing breathing issues. Shampoo regularly and vacuum to ensure carpets do not carry an abundance of dust and irritants.

Candles

Candles contain a chemical called Phthalates, or plasticizers. The U.S has imposed legislation banning the product in children’s toys as children are more likely to ingest them. However, some candles, as well as cosmetics, still contain the product. Studies have linked it to neurodevelopmental problems in children as well as many respiratory disorders, including asthma.

Some of these items may cause a risk if used in excess and others may pose a threat to health if there are underlying health issues. Check the label before you buy any chemical products and always ensure you follow the instructions to use these household items

Guest Post by Jess Walter

Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

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