Health problems in your home can be everywhere without you realizing it. While it's not very good to be paranoid about the hazards in your home all the time, it is smart to be aware of the real dangers that could pose a risk to you and your family, and even your pets. Some parts of your home could cause health problems, and you might be blissfully unaware until you start noticing the effects. Some problems may be easy to see, but others require a little more vigilance if you want to identify and correct them. Here are some to watch out for.
Some homes, particularly older homes, may have been constructed with materials that are no longer regarded as being particularly safe. Two big examples of this are asbestos and lead. Many older homes have asbestos in some of the building materials, and we now know it can lead to serious health problems. However, as long as the asbestos remains undisturbed, it doesn't need to be removed right away. Some people choose to have it removed for their own peace of mind. It's also a good idea to test for lead paint if you live in an older home.
Pests in your home are the last thing that you want, but they will often find their way in. You could find that anything from bugs to rodents manages to make itself at home. Pests need to be dealt with swiftly so that the problem doesn't get worse. If you think you might have bed bugs, call a bed bug exterminator right away. They can be spread very easily, so you could end up causing a bed bug infestation in other places too. Knowing the signs of different types of pests can really help you. When you know what to look for, you can deal with them quickly.
Having plants in your home can help to brighten it up. It's a good way of bringing the outside in and adding some greenery to your interiors. However, plants could also be a hazard if you have too many of them or choose the wrong ones. Some plants are toxic when ingested, which might not be a problem to you but can be terrible for pets and even children. Too many plants could also cause problems with moisture and mold too. Plants need to be watered, but too much moisture in your home can cause problems.
One of the biggest problems in the home is the risk of food poisoning. You might think that your kitchen is clean, but there could be some things that you're getting wrong. Storing and preparing food properly is essential, so it's a good idea to brush up on your food safety knowledge now and then. Make sure you're avoiding cross-contamination, refrigerating things that need to be kept chilled, and throwing out food that's no longer good.
Get rid of these health hazards in your home as soon as you can if you want your home to be healthy.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.