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We spend most of our time in the comforts of our homes, but what we don’t realize is that there are several health hazards hiding in the nooks and crannies of our households.
1. Indoor Air Pollution
Cooking or heating food using solid fuels (e.g. wood, charcoal, coal, crop wastes) or kerosene on open fires or stoves produces high levels of indoor air pollution, which can consist of carbon monoxide and tiny soot particles that can deeply penetrate lungs. Other common sources are fireplaces, tobacco smoke, kerosene and gas space heaters, and gas water heaters.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2016, around 3.8 million deaths were attributed to household air pollution. Exposure to this contaminated air can result in respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, and even lung cancer.
Electric stoves are generally safer to use than gas stoves. But if you can’t make the switch, then install a carbon monoxide detector. Never heat your house with a gasoline-powered or coal-burning device. Have your heating devices and other coal, oil, or gas appliances annually checked and maintained by a qualified technician.
Lead exposure is particularly detrimental to children. Its risk range from cognitive, psychological, and neurobehavioral disorders to multi-organ damage and seizures. Possible sources of this toxic metal are lead-based paints on walls, furniture, and children’s toys, household dust, and contaminated soil. Even drinking water can be contaminated through the corrosion of lead pipes.
Get your home and water supply tested for lead. Hire a renovator to remove lead paint from your house’s walls and surfaces. Use filters to effectively rid your water of lead contamination. Clean frequently to reduce the chances of accumulating paint chips and dust.
Mold fungus thrives in moist, warm environments. Any damp, poorly ventilated area in the household is susceptible to growing mold. Exposure to certain mold spores can cause a severe asthma attack, especially to people with sensitive immune systems. Worse, they might contract serious infections in their lungs.
Eliminate sources of dampness in basements (e.g. pipe leaks) and use a dehumidifier in the musty areas of your home. You can use a non-ammonia cleaner or dishwashing soap and water to remove the mold. But if the area is too large, then you can opt to hire a professional cleaner.
With these serious threats under our own roofs, it becomes harder to feel safe and more crucial to stay prepared. A health insurance will ensure that you’re ready for the worst. At Choice Enrollment, we aim to provide clients with comprehensive insurance policies that will put their worries to ease. Learn more about our products and services by calling (719) 481-1616. Get your free quote today by CLICKING HERE.