Ask Away...: Is Your Home A Hidden Health Hazard?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Is Your Home A Hidden Health Hazard?

There’s no place like home, right? For many of us, home really is where the heart is, but how would you feel if your home was actually harboring hidden hazards? Here are some of the most common household dangers and some tips to help you make sure your home is a safe haven.

Plumbing problems
Plumbing problems can be costly, but they can also be harmful to your health. If your systems are up the spout, this can lead to issues such as excess moisture and damp patches, accumulation of stagnant water and problems that affect the drainage and removal of waste products. It is possible to fix some plumbing issues yourself, and you’ll find online guides and videos helpful. Check out these tips for troubleshooting your ejector pump or watch some tutorials to help you fix leaks or remove blockages. If you’re not confident about tackling jobs yourself or you’re worried that the problem is getting worse and may be putting your health at risk, call a plumber. Excess moisture in the home can increase the risk of respiratory problems, especially in those who have existing conditions like asthma.



Hygiene
It’s really important that your home is a hygienic place. If you have piles of dirty plates hanging around, your bathroom is full of mold, or you don’t take the garbage out frequently enough, this can put you at risk of health issues. Leaving food and trash out tends to attract unwanted visitors in the form of pests, and you may also find that there is a risk of contracting illnesses caused by a lack of food hygiene if you don’t prepare or store food in an appropriate manner. Keep on top of the washing up, store food in sealed containers in the refrigerator and wipe down surfaces with antibacterial cleaner at least once a day.



Carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide poisoning is often referred to as a silent killer because the gas is both odorless and colorless. Often, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are detected at an advanced stage because headaches are very common and people often assume that they’re feeling tired or drowsy because they didn’t sleep well or they’ve had a hectic few days. Look out for dizziness, headaches and a lack of energy. It’s hugely beneficial to protect yourself by using carbon monoxide detectors at home.



Fire safety
A house fire is something most of assume that we’ll never have to contend with, but the truth is that every home carries fire risks. Research suggests that two-thirds of Americans have a fire escape strategy, but only a third have actually ever practiced the plan. To reduce fire risk, never leave pots and pans unattended, keep an eye on appliances in the kitchen and avoid smoking indoors. Don’t leave the room if you have candles burning and keep portable fires and candles away from soft furnishings. Make sure you have smoke detectors fitted, and check them regularly. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire blanket or a small extinguisher at home.



We all want to think of our homes as our happy place. If you’re a homeowner, it’s well worth taking a minute to have a look around and check that there are no hidden hazards lurking.










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