Hidden Dangers in and Around Your Home

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…

All the ways your house is trying to kill you

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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16 thoughts on “Hidden Dangers in and Around Your Home

  1. This is such good information
    I had no idea of all this harmful stuff at home. We definitely have leaky pipes, squirrels and other stuff that lurk around. I will have to do some more checking!

  2. Kristen, so glad to know it’s not just me either!!
    All those falls last year, not my fault! The bathroom/living room/hall made me do it!!
    Glad I made it out alive!
    Thanks for highlighting all these dangers! Stay safe everybody!

  3. This is a really interesting and informative list of ways my house is out to get me! My biggest pet peeve is that dryer lint! I always tried to teach the kids that it needed to be cleaned after every load of clothes have been dried and they always forgot. It’s a fire hazard, people. And moth balls are now allowed in my home. They just plain stink!

  4. Wow, that is quite the list of hazards! I’ve actually had a friend deal with black mold in her house… they literally ended up gutting and renovating half of their house because of the mold, and had to live without a kitchen for about six months (thankfully it was covered by insurance). We had a friend comment to us not to renovate one house we were renting, because he suspected it likely contained asbestos (thankfully that was a short-term rental). It’s something I think about if we ever buy… how can we ensure a home we are buying doesn’t have these hazards? Thanks for sharing!

  5. My first thought was that maybe we should hang a notice on the refrigerator for how many days we have been accident free like they do at work. I fell in the yard a few days ago trying to run from a wild chicken that had wondered onto our property.
    We used to have an insurance agent who shared a story about how they left clothes in the dryer running before they went to bed and in the morning, the dryer was still running. It could have easily caught fire! There is so much we should be aware of in the home!

  6. This is all so scary to think about. We just moved August 24 to a much better house and the upkeep has been about 110% what it was at the old place (we rent) so I’m hoping this isn’t so bad for us.

  7. These really are very good points–and I have one extra–my cat who likes to walk right in front of me as I am walking–one of these days I am going to trip right over her!

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