A home is supposed to be a relaxing and safe haven, but sometimes, a property may contain hazardous materials which lead to health issues. From lead paint to radon exposure, many things can threaten your family’s well-being, but the good news is there are ways to mitigate those risks. Here are five common health concerns in the home and how to fix them.
1. Lead Paint in a Home is a Common Health Concern
If your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance it contains lead-based paint. While the risk posed by intact lead paint is minimal, it is still considered hazardous to young children. Children are more likely than adults to suffer from cognitive delays and behavioral problems due to lead exposure. If you’re concerned about lead paint in your home, have it tested and hire a professional lead abatement contractor to remove it.
Asbestos exposure is another common health concern in older homes. Asbestos was once a popular insulation material due to its fire-resistant properties, but we now know it can cause health problems if inhaled. If you suspect there may be asbestos in your home, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, call a professional who will be able to safely remove the material without putting you and your family at risk.
3. Common Health Concerns: Radon Gas
Radon gas is an invisible, odorless gas that can seep into homes through cracks in the foundation. Radon is also a leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. The only way to detect elevated levels of radon gas is to have your home tested by a professional. If the levels of this radioactive gas are high, you’ll need to install a radon mitigation system to keep your family safe.
4. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Another odorless colorless gas, carbon monoxide, is produced whenever fuel is burned. Any home with a furnace, water heater, or gas stove is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. To protect yourself and your family from this potentially deadly gas, make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home. If the alarm sounds, open the windows, evacuate immediately, and call 911.
5. Indoor Air Pollution is a Common Concern in Many Homes
You might not realize it, but the air inside your home could be more polluted than the air outside – and that’s especially true if you live in an urban area. To improve indoor air quality, start by eliminating any obvious sources of pollution like tobacco smoke or chemical cleaning products. Invest in an air purifier to filter out remaining contaminants.
Many common health concerns can arise in the home. Fortunately, there are also steps to take to mitigate those risks. Taking simple precautions and being aware of potential hazards in your living space helps keep your family healthy and safe.
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