Your home is your refuge from the rest of the world, and you want it to stay that way. Keep reading to learn about the hidden dangers that could be lurking in your home.
Many paints you find, whether they’re oil- or latex-based varieties, contain some amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs can cause various issues, including headaches, nausea, liver damage, and kidney damage. You’ll find that there are now many paints on the market that contain low or zero VOCs. Even when using these, though, it’s best to take precautions like ensuring there’s good ventilation.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that stoves, vehicles, furnaces, and grills produce when they burn fuel. When you become exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide in a poorly ventilated area, it can poison you. Symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
Continued exposure can lead to brain damage and even death. Carbon monoxide exposure isn’t something to mess around with.
Unfortunately, mold is everywhere. Mold in homes typically appears on materials like drywall, wood, and paper. These materials have high cellulose content. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others, but severe health issues can arise in people with compromised immune systems and preexisting respiratory problems. Take cautionary steps to remove the mold from your home when you find it.
We burn this fossil fuel to power household appliances like fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, and stoves. Natural gas doesn’t have an odor, but gas companies add mercaptan to make leak detections easier. It gives off a foul stench similar to rotten eggs. Symptoms of extended exposure can range from fatigue to headache to loss of consciousness and even death by suffocation.
Lint buildup in dryers results in thousands of fires every year. Ensure you’re cleaning the lint from the dryer screen after every use. Once a year, call a professional to come out and remove the lint from the ducts or vent pipes. Also, check behind the dryer to make sure you’ve cleared out all the lint.
Now that you’re aware of the hidden dangers that could be lurking in your home, there are many ways you can ensure your house is safe. One way is to follow guidelines to ensure you have a safe and healthy home all year long and stay diligent and informed.