I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most graceful person in the world. In fact, most of the time I feel downright clumsy. Seriously. Why, just the other day, I smashed my ankle against the edge of the bricks that outline my pineapple bed. I slipped on the back porch after it rained and almost went down for the count. And I regularly walk into walls. No joke. I don’t even have an explanation for that one, it just happens.
So when Tate from ABC Humane Wildlife contacted me with an infographic on “All the Ways Your House is Trying to Kill You”…I finally realized: it’s not ME! It’s the HOUSE! There are just too many hidden dangers! HA! Let’s see how he explains himself…
You may love your home sweet home, but if you’re not careful, those four walls may harm you. From animals and pests to dangerous appliances, there’s a number of hazards found in and around your home. We’re here to highlight the most unsafe areas of your house, as well as offer you tips to avoid harm so that you can live comfortably in your home for many years to come.
Inside your home, your chimney is susceptible to creosote, which is highly flammable if your chimney doesn’t undergo regular inspections. Mold can be found throughout your house, and if there’s too much of it, allergies and asthma symptoms can worsen; proper ventilation and dehumidifiers can lessen mold’s impact. Everyday household items like medication and houseplants can be toxic if consumed or, in the case of medication, if two medications have dangerous interactions. Talk to your pharmacist when picking up your prescriptions, and keep hazardous plants away from children or pets.
The critters that lurk in and around your house can also be more dangerous than you might expect. For example, rodents can start fires by gnawing wires, and animal feces of any kind can contain disease-causing parasites. Three percent of people are fatally allergic to stings, so have a professional remove any nests promptly and apply a barrier treatment to prevent future nest formation.
Finally, harmful gas and chemicals may be lurking in your house. Paint fumes, methane buildup, carcinogenic pesticides, and cleaning products can all be dangerous if consumed or inhaled. Regular inspections and safe storage can prevent the dangers associated with gas and chemicals in your home.
Your house is your haven, the place you come home to when you want to feel safe, protected, and relaxed. By being aware of your house’s potential risks, you can improve the safety of your home and make it a comfortable place to live for years to come.
Thanks so much for the info, Tate! I think those odorless gasses might be what scares me the most, but I definitely added a couple things to my house to-do list after reading this post!
Do YOU have any of these things you need to check into around your own home?
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