Previously, we have listed some of the common health hazards which can be found inside our homes. Again, we will present to you a short list of home health hazards. Why should you know about this? It is because these home health hazards go often undetected by our senses. They are like invisible forces of enemies or well-disguised enemies inside our home. To lessen the risks of being affected by these home health hazards, it is important for us to know what our enemies are. As a responsible dweller in our own home, let us find out these home health hazards.
Soaps with triclosan and triclocarban
We love to protect our family from the lurking bacteria inside our home so we are always tempted to buy antibacterial soaps or other detergents. However, antibacterial soaps are the most common sources of triclosan and triclocarban which are biocides. These biocides are harmful to our body because they could cause cancers and possibly, make our body to be resistant among antibiotics. These biocides can also disrupt the functions of our endocrine system. So as to avoid buying antibacterial soaps with triclosan and triclocarban, always check the soap’s list of ingredients.
Carbon monoxide is undetectable by our senses. And every year, there are about 500 unfortunate people who are killed by this toxic gas. Carbon monoxide is actually the bi-product of several household facilities like hot water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, and even gas clothes dryers. Mild exposure to carbon monoxide can make you experience dizziness and fatigue. However, in severe exposure, it can lead to death. Every home should be installed with carbon monoxide detectors.
Volatile organic compounds
There are several household products that contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Examples of VOCs are formaldehyde, benzene and methylene chloride which can be found in air fresheners, household cleaners and even paints. When one inhaled these VOCs, he can possibly experience headaches, eye and throat irritations, and even respiratory problems. The worst part is that you can have cancer, liver and kidney damages.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that can be found in our beddings and carpets because they like to feed on the dead skin that were stuck in our household belongings. When dust mites are lodged into the air, they can trigger an asthma attack. Do you know that there are over 20 million Americans with asthma? So as to prevent asthma attacks, religiously clean your house especially your beddings, carpets, and even stuff toys.
Several families are using indoor pesticides. About seventy five percent of homes in the United States are using indoor pesticides. These are dangerous chemicals which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and some neurological problems. Severe exposure to pesticides can even lead to convulsions and death. To eliminate this problem, everyone is encouraged to use only natural pesticides.