Hiding in Plain Sight? 6 Household Hazards to Watch For

by Ben SanfordMay 9, 2018

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family Against Common Household Hazards

There are many things that you could choose to be afraid of. Without even realizing it, so many things that you encounter on a weekly or daily basis could do you serious harm. But unlike things that you can do little to protect yourself against, several common household dangers can be addressed, and even eradicated, before you experience any harm.

The six things listed in this post are common household hazards that you may or may not be aware of. They are hazards that can do irreparable harm to you and your loved ones, and some of them are even killers. But, they can all be protected against and some of them can be removed entirely from your house.
Household Hazards to Watch For

1 – Radon

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is an odorless, colorless, naturally occurring gas that can cause lung cancer. In fact, radon is responsible for so many lung cancer deaths in the U.S., that only smoking is more dangerous than breathing air with radon in it. The only way to know if you have it in your home is to test for it; thankfully, testing is inexpensive.

2 – Carbon Monoxide

Another odorless, colorless, gaseous danger—Carbon Monoxide, or CO—is found in many homes as a natural byproduct of combusting fuels to create heat or for cooking. Carbon Monoxide is not good for you to breathe. It can kill you by making it harder for your lungs to pull oxygen from the air. Thankfully, all you need to do is put in an alarm that detects it.
Household Hazards to Watch For

3 – Dead Smoke Detector Batteries or a Lack of Smoke Detectors

While we’re talking about alarms and breathing-related household hazards, it’s very wise for homeowners to make a habit of checking and changing smoke alarm batteries. As reported on ABC, the National Fire Protection Association recommends a smoke detector for every bedroom, for outside every bedroom, and for each floor of the home.

4 – Asbestos

By now, just about everyone knows that asbestos is terrible for you. It may be one of the best flame-retardant materials ever invented, but if you inhale enough, you will develop lung disease. Many people do not realize that they have materials made of asbestos in their homes. And when these materials—ceiling tiles, insulation, floor tiles, etc.—degrade, they can emit asbestos fibers into the air that you breathe. Have an asbestos professional inspect your home and make recommendations about what to do.

5 – Lead

Like asbestos, lead once enjoyed a favored status among building material manufacturers. You may have lead lurking in your home’s plumbing, paint, and other building materials. Lead is generally safe unless it is ingested, so if you have young children, consider having your home inspected for lead and have anything that’s found removed.
Household Hazards to Watch For

6 – Mold

Mold is disgusting to look at and generally indicates a deeper issue with your home. Add to that the fact that breathing in mold spores can seriously impact your health and the health of your family, and you have good reason to take mold seriously and deal with it effectively.

Safety Should Be Your Number One Concern in the Home

The quality of the air that you breathe and your ability to relax in your own home are very important. Make sure that none of these six hazardous and potentially lethal issues are lurking realities in your home. You have your health and the health of your loved ones to look after; make sure that your home is as hazard-free as possible.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.