6 Hidden Dangers That May Be Lurking
In Your Nashville Home
“Home Sweet Home”- an adage that I’m sure most Nashville homeowners relish in. Our homes are our very own havens, our sanctuaries where we find comfort and peace. And although we perceive our homes as a place of refuge, unbeknownst to many Nashville homeowners, there are several dangers that lurk under our very own roof. Here is a list of some unknown perils that may be jeopardizing your home’s safety and how to remedy them.
You may not have ever really thought about this but carpet is saturated with chemicals. Carpet also harbors dust mites, dander and dirt. So it’s important to clean your carpets regularly with a high efficiency vacuum or have it professionally cleaned by an environmentally-friendly cleaning service to ensure that no additional chemicals and toxins are deposited onto your carpet. If you are contemplating getting new carpet, it would be a good idea to replace it with carpet that is made from natural fibers and toxin-free glue.
In the U.S. alone there are over 76 million cases of food borne illnesses a year. This is caused mostly by foods that are not stored or handled properly. It is crucial that you clean your refrigerator regularly. Make sure all your items are wiped clean and stored properly. Always check expiration dates and discard spoiled food immediately. Keep all raw meats properly sealed and separated from other food items. Never let chicken and beef be exposed to each other, and make sure that chicken is sealed tight to avoid the juice from getting on any surface or on other foods. Chicken is a prime cross-contamination agent which can cause severe illness. Make sure all of your fruits and vegetables are well washed before consuming not only to eliminate pesticides but to remove any traces of e-coli or salmonella. Make sure the temperature of your refrigerator is set cold enough to avoid food from turning prematurely.
Flame retardant chemicals are added to material used on furniture and are highly toxic. These toxins will rub off onto skin and clothing and permeate the air in household dust. When these toxins find their way onto our hands they enter our bodies. The best solution is to buy green furniture but this is not always possible. The best thing to do is to vacuum and/or wipe down furniture regularly to remove these toxins.
Shower Curtains & Wallpaper
Phthalates are chemicals that are added to shower curtains and vinyl blinds to enhance the flexibility of the plastic. These toxins are also added to detergents to add “fragrance” to them. This chemical affects the body’s hormone system and has been known to cause skin allergies and trigger asthma. When possible use wood, metal, glass or ceramic products in lieu of plastic. In the case of shower curtains, where there is no substitute, air out new shower curtains outdoors for a day or two before use.
Pots & Pans
Although non-stick cookware is easier to cook on and wash there are chemicals that are found in these pots and pans called PFC’s (perfluorinated chemicals) that have potential effects on pre and post-natal growth. According to the American Medical Association exposure to these chemicals can contribute to obesity and diabetes and has been associated with impaired hormonal growth. Consider replacing non-stick cookware with stainless steel or cast iron. Do not place non-stick pans in ovens with temperatures that exceed 500 degrees, and use your exhaust fan each time you cook.
Portable heaters, gas water heaters, natural gas furnaces, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, automobile exhaust and tobacco smoke all produce carbon monoxide. It’s imperative that your home has proper ventilation as well as working carbon monoxide detectors. There should be one on every level of your house including the basement. Be sure to test your detectors once a year and replace batteries regularly. House plants naturally remove airborne toxins from your home as well as add feng shui to the flow of energy throughout the house. Bamboo palm, peace lily, dracaena, and Chinese evergreen are some plants that are the most effective in removing toxins and improving the air quality of your home.
Reference: Wikipedia.com, Ask.com, Freshome.com
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