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5 of the Biggest Home Health Hazards

Home Health Risks

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Home Health Hazards To Be Aware Of.

 

More than ever, it is vital to stay hygienically vigilant. But your house can also cause severe problems if you aren’t careful. Here are some of the biggest risks to health from your home.

Hard Water and Limescale

 

If you live in a hard water area, you might consume an excess of minerals and carbonates because of the way the water arrives at your home. In well-developed nations, hard water poses no serious health risks. But it has been shown to cause excessive skin irritation and damage to your hair and scalp. These can lead to more severe issues if left untreated. Additionally, it can damage your washing machines and clothes when you do laundry. Fortunately, water purification services can install devices like Laundry Pro to combat hard water problems.

Mold and Rising Dampness

 

COVID-19 causes serious breathing issues. And these can be made far worse by an excessively moist home. Moisture in your house causes all kinds of nasty problems like wood rot and mold. Mold gives off spores that can have a severe impact on breathing conditions. And if left untreated, it can be fatal. Black mold, especially, is the most common and the most dangerous household mold. It can also be a challenge to get rid of because you need to attack it at the source. Off-the-shelf cleaners can help, but you will need an expert for tougher jobs.

Home Health Hazards Include Lead Paint

 

While it’s not commonly seen today, your home’s paint could contain lead if the paint was applied before the 1980s. There have even been documented cases of tragic child deaths from kids eating lead-based paint chips that peeled from the walls. Therefore, you should have your house inspected for lead before you consider selling or renovating. Additionally, it might be helpful to consult an expert rather than try to remove old paint yourself. If you try to remove it, you could end up breathing in toxic lead paint as it often turns to dust during removal.

Poorly Fire-Treated Furniture

 

There have been many deaths related to furniture that quickly lit on fire and spread throughout a room. Fortunately, safety testing standards are a lot higher these days. And modern furniture is treated with chemicals to prevent it from causing a blaze. However, older furniture or furniture from some countries might not have the same protection. You can easily check since modern manufacturers are required to provide a safety tag on furniture, and retailers cannot legally sell furniture without one. So stay vigilant about old and new furniture alike.

Overloaded Electrical Outlets

 

Modern homes rely on electricity. And we all have many electric items such as TVs, video game consoles, and smartphones. But a home’s electrical circuit is designed for a limited amount of current through its wiring. Exceeding the limit could cause electrical fires due to power surges. Additionally, power surges can damage your expensive electrical items. However, you can reduce the chances of surges with power surge protection. And you can practice good electrical health by limiting your use of power extenders and sticking to the limits of these devices.

Summary

 

These are some of the potential home health hazards to be aware of.  Some of the most common include hard water, toxic lead paint, and overloading the electrical sockets in your house. Be aware and do your due diligence.

 

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.