Dangers Around Your Home That Are Often Overlooked And What You Can Do

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Our homes should be a safe place for the whole family to enjoy, but often times, there are dangers lurking around the home that most aren’t aware of. These hidden problems can be very dangerous if not given prompt attention. Here are a few things you should look for to keep your home safe:

Too Much Clutter

Clutter is one of the most overlooked dangers in a home. While it may not seem like a big deal, clutter can be more than just an eyesore. It can cause a hazard for children and elderly who can be badly injured from a simple fall. Untouched clutter is also a hiding place for spiders and rodents that can work their way into your home. Keep the clutter clear by putting unused items in storage or getting boxes and bins for all the extras around the home.

Old Medications

While basic medications may not be particularly dangerous if they have reached a certain age, some medications are more dangerous to keep on hand after they have expired. Nitroglycerin, antibiotics and insulin are among the most dangerous medications to keep past the expiration date. At the beginning of each year, go through the medicine cabinet and begin throwing out older medications.

Aging Trees

Dead trees around the home are a safety hazard that most people don’t think twice about. An aging tree can fall can injure a person or cause property damage. It is best to look around the home and take a survey of any aging trees, as well as trees that are too large around the home. Getting an expert to help prune the trees and remove any aging limbs is the first step to preventing unfortunate accidents involving a limb injuring a person or damaging a home.

Asbestos

This can be a major safety risk, and while most homeowners are aware of the danger, they are often unaware that it could be in their own home. When these dangerous fibers are inhaled, one is at risk of developing mesothelioma. Scheduling with a certified technician to conduct testing is the first step to determining whether or not there is any present in the home. This is especially important to do if you have an older home.

Cleaning Products

Believe it or not, many dangerous fumes and toxins can enter the home by the products used to clean the home. Many people are unaware of just how toxic some of their cleaning supplies can actually be. Some all-purpose cleaners that contain ingredients like triethanolamine (TEA) or diethanolamine (DEA) can be linked to cancer. Fragrances found in soaps and detergents can also trigger allergic responses. Reviewing the labels on any cleaning products is the first step to identifying risks in cleaning supplies. Another safe and inexpensive option is to use products like vinegar and baking soda, which actually clean just as well, if not better, without the dangerous ingredients.

These are the simplest steps one can take to better improve the safety of the home. While it is difficult to determine every unidentified hazard in the home, there are steps that can be taken to make the home much safer. Eliminate these risks today to make your home a healthier space.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, finance and education. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to Arborcare Tree Service Ltd.

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