People will always feel safe in their own homes, or so it seems. However, some homes may carry some dangerous hazards from a variety of internal and external factors. Here are the most common home hazards homeowners may likely encounter.
Lead from paint or any source is dangerous for children and pets. Homes constructed before the 1980’s are most likely painted with lead paint. Seek professional help to test your home for lead content in the paint. You may not know that the paint used in your home was manufactured in China which still uses lead paint products.
Quality of Indoor Air
A room filled with rugs or carpeting will most likely have impure indoor air quality because rugs and carpets are quick magnets for dust. Try using laminated or hardwood flooring and regularly check the air filtration system to make sure of the indoor air quality to avoid getting asthma and allergies.
This is a radioactive gas can leak into your home through cracks in the foundation. Radon is proven to be the second leading cause of cancer, most especially lung cancer. Radon usually leaks from cracked or broken natural gas lines that have seeped into the ground.
Most electrical fires are the result of old wiring or overloading of extension wires or wall outlets. Have your home inspected by an electrician so faulty and old outlets and wiring can be replaced.
This toxic gas is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths, especially if the garage is attached to the home or if the garage door has a faulty ventilation system. Poisoning accidents usually happens when cars or grills are left unattended in a poorly ventilated space. It can also happen if there is poor ventilation when ovens, water heaters, furnaces, and fire places are present in the home.
Found to be a carcinogen and finally banned for home products in the 1990’s, asbestos may still be found in older homes. Have your home professionally inspected for possible products using or made from asbestos. If they are not broken, there is no immediate danger, but it’s best if these products are completely replaced.