Top 10 Dangerous Everyday Things in Your Home

Everyone, this article is for you. *silence* Oh right, this article is for all of us. There are things that we think are good for our home. “Oh no.” Yes, you got it. And now, I can smell the fear. We all want what’s best for our house, right? It is where we live, rest and bond with our family, we want to ensure safety for everyone. But did you ever think that maybe the things you thought are good are the ones making everything worse? *gasps* Save your gasps later. I'll tell you some of the 10 dangerous things in your house.

Keep your home free from lead paint, people. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, lead is one of the most harmful environmental pollutants. Lead-based paint is commonly found in window frames, doors, skirting boards, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, exterior and interior walls, gutters, ceiling, metal surfaces and fascias. Lead paints in your house can be dangerous if it is damaged or disturbed and it can cause serious health problems. Most of its victims are children. According to the WebMD website, high levels of lead in children can cause kidney, brain and nervous system damage, hyperactivity, poor muscle coordination, headaches, bone marrow and hearing problems. Our children’s safety is our primary concern. It would be better to avoid using lead-based paint, my friend.

Other harmful things we have at home are the air fresheners. Uhm, am I the only surprised here? “No, pal. You're not the only one.” Oh, thank goodness! So we are guilty of this. A lot of us are using air fresheners. According to The Natural Resources Defense Council, as cited by Michelle Schoffro Cook, air fresheners contain dangerous chemicals called phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals found in aerosols which “interferes with production of the male hormone testosterone, and have been associated with reproductive abnormalities.” In other words, air fresheners, which contain phthalates, can be a hindrance to mankind’s reproduction. People, be careful with this.

We also have mothballs. Well, I got a lot of 'boarders' at my home. “Who are they?” My beloved moths. I tried to be best friends with them, but they seem to act differently. “How?” They are damaging my clothes! To stop them, I have to use mothballs. And I just realized that using mothballs is not a safe sound solution. According to Sari Harrar, “mothballs contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene – both of which become a gas when exposed to air, releasing that signature, pungent mothball odor.” Naphthalene can cause hemolytic anemia. It is a condition that occurs when your red blood cells break apart. Children, again, are its ‘prey’. Again, this is something you have to think about if you have children at home and you use mothballs.

So guys, are you planning to throw those things I mentioned above? I’ll leave it to you now. There are more dangerous things at home being discussed in “How Stuff Work” website below.

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