Most people associate home with being one of the safest places you can be. Home is considered a safe haven, away from all the outside threats that occur once you walk out of the front door. For the most part, this is correct everyone is safe in their home.
However, some dangers are so small and microscopic that you can not see them with the naked eye. These hidden dangers threaten the health of a home and the people that live there.
If you have children, the list below is filled with the red flags and hidden dangers that can occupy the home that people are not aware of.
Mold is a fungus that grows in damp, dark areas of a home that has poor ventilation. If exposed to mold it can cause nasal and sinus congestion, chronic cough, asthma attacks, and eye irritation in people. These symptoms are so similar to common allergies that mold is often overlooked as the reason. If mold is found, remove immediately.
2. Carbon Monoxide
Is known as a silent killer. Carbon Monoxide is a flavorless and odorless gas that does not give any warnings before making individuals sick even leading to death. Carbon monoxide comes from burning the fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. As a preventative, it is ideal to install a carbon monoxide detector.
3. E. Coli and Salmonella
These two bacterias are notorious for being found in contaminated foods that can cause dehydration, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. For prevention, the best thing to do is thoroughly prepare and cook your meals. In addition to these two bacterias, countless forms of bacteria are found in the kitchen. Rags and sponges are the biggest culprits. Make sure to clean and dispose of them in the timeframe that is suggested.
Lead is an element that is found naturally in earth’s crust which can be toxic to humans. Animals as well. Although lead is found naturally in the air, dirt, and water most of the exposure is human inflicted. If exposed to this toxic metal, serious health problems can occur. While lead is a threat to everyone, the most susceptible are young children and pregnant women. For children, it can cause behavioral and learning problems, slow growth, and anemia. While pregnant, a woman can have a miscarriage. Simple steps such as thoroughly cleaning and having proper hygiene can reduce lead exposures
5. Household Products
Cleaning products and cosmetics are technically something that is visible to the eye, it’s the risk that is considered a hidden danger. If ingested by a small child, these common household products are hazardous for small children including up to life-threatening. Make sure these products are in cabinets that can lock or out of reach of very young children.
Remember, just because it is your home that does not make it immune to hidden dangers… Including bugs.
The best bed bug exterminator, located in NY is always available to come to your residence for a consultation. Not only do they handle bed bugs, but they also exterminate other insects and pests that carry diseases that put families (especially children and the elderly) at risk.