You probably know that some things in your home can be quite dangerous, like knives or bleach. But did you know that there are many other things in daily use that pose a potential hazard to your health? In this blog post, we will explore ten such surprisingly dangerous things in your home and provide some tips on how to avoid them.
1. Electrical Outlets
You might not think that electrical outlets would be dangerous, but if they are not correctly grounded, they can pose a serious shock hazard. In fact, improperly grounding an outlet is one of the most common ways people get electrocuted in their homes.
How to avoid accidents: Ensure all the outlets in your home are adequately grounded. In addition, never stick anything into an outlet that is not intended for it.
2. Cords & Wires
Cords and wires can also be surprisingly dangerous, especially if wet or not used properly.
How to avoid accidents: Check all cords and wires in your home occasionally. Ensure they are in good condition and not frayed or damaged in any way. Also, in order to avoid getting literally electrocuted, always keep cords and wires away from water sources.
It may sound surprising, but ladders are a frequent source of injuries at home. The main reason is, obviously, falling due to a lack of stability.
How to avoid accidents: Always double-check if the ladder is on level ground and well secured before climbing it. Also, it’s strongly advised to use at least some safety equipment when climbing a tall ladder.
4. Power Tools
As the name indicates, power tools are—powerful. That means they can make any handyman’s work easier but also can be extremely dangerous when not used properly.
How to avoid accidents: Always read the instructions carefully before using any power tool, and be sure to wear the proper safety gear. In addition, never, ever leave a power tool unattended while it is turned on, as this can pose a severe fire hazard.
One reason a heater can be dangerous is that if it’s not properly grounded, it can pose a serious shock hazard. Some models also bear the risk of fire if placed too close to other items or left unattended.
How to avoid accidents: Try to buy a heater from a reputable brand and reliable seller. Always follow the instructions carefully and never leave a heater unattended.
6. Non-stick Cookware
Non-stick cookware often contains PFOA, a chemical that has been linked to cancer and other health problems.
How to avoid accidents: Opt for cookware that is labelled “PFOA-free” or “no PFOA,” or a traditional, seasoned cast iron pan as an alternative. Moreover, use adequate tools to avoid scratching the surface.
7. Canned Foods
Canned foods can be dangerous because they often contain BPA, a chemical that has been linked to cancer and other health problems. The same applies to plastic bottles and jars.
How to avoid accidents: Look for cans and plastic containers labelled “BPA-free” or “no BPA.” In addition, never leave the leftover content inside the can once it’s been opened.
8. Air Fresheners
Air fresheners, especially those based on artificial fragrances, may contain chemicals that are not good to inhale for a longer time.
How to avoid accidents: Choose organic air fresheners based on essential oils. However, remember that some essential oils can also act like irritants if the person is naturally sensitive or, worse, allergic.
9. Lead Paint
If your home is over a half-century old, there is a chance that it contains lead paint. Lead-based chips can be extremely dangerous if ingested or inhaled, leading to serious health problems such as brain damage.
How to avoid accidents: If you are concerned about lead poisoning, you can have your home tested for lead and take steps to remove any lead-based paint or dust. Testing is especially recommended before doing any renovations on your home. Also, ensure that your family members always wash their hands after coming into contact with any potentially contaminated surfaces.
10. Carbon Monoxide
Leaking of this clear, odourless gas is one of the most common types of household poisoning, especially in the United States. It is produced whenever combustion occurs, hence can come from many sources, including your furnace, water heater, or even a car left running in an attached garage.
How to avoid accidents: The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Furthermore, have your furnace, and other gas-powered appliances serviced regularly.
These are just a few of the many potentially harmful things in your home. By being aware of these dangers and taking steps to avoid them, you can keep yourself and your family safe!