Home safety is crucial to health and overall well-being, but sometimes it can be hard to consider all of the hazards or accidents that can take place right in the very comfort of your own home. Whether you live in an apartment, shared apartment, home, shared home, condo, duplex, tiny home, cabin, etcetera! A home is a home and with June 5th kicking off Home Safety Month, I’m serving up some last minute spring-cleaning tips to prepare for a healthy summer and safe home for good health.
1. Indoor Air Quality
Springtime’s rainy days offer the perfect opportunity to spruce thing up inside and out. Without even thinking about it, a quick spruce up can significantly improve the quality of air in your home, tremendously. On average, adults inhale and exhale 7 or 8 liters of air per minute, totaling 11,000 liters of air in a day of which 550 liters are pure oxygen. Don’t you want to feed your lungs some quality air? Give them a break with a quality Spring-cleaning, even if last minute and begin by changing bed sheets and bedding once a week to minimize dust. Storing away winter clothing from your closet will also minimize dust and clutter, so once stored away, dust up on hard to reach, often forgotten areas of the house, including windowsills, ceiling fans, light fixtures, refrigerators, cabinets, bathrooms, electronics and exchanging furnace or ventilation system filters is the first step to ensure you improve indoor air quality while minimizing the risk of inhalation of particulate matter, large dust particle inhalation or worse off toxins such as, asbestos fibers and toxins such as radon gas or lead paint dust. Have your home tested for toxins this spring, if you suspect any likelihood of such toxins in your home.
2. Toxin Prevention
Pesticides, fragrances, mercury, flame retardants, asbestos, radon, particulate matter, even household products containing chemicals such as ammonia or formaldehyde can be very dangerous to you and your family’s long-term health and quality of life. Consider disposal of old cosmetics, cleaners, medicines, creams and fragrances to de-clutter prevent poisoning and health concerns that can develop as a result of exposure. Visit the EPA website for additional toxic substance, asbestos abatement and chemical toxin information to evaluate your home’s safety.
3. Home Safety Tips
The National Safety Council reported 146,571 unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015, reaching an all-time high from poisoning, falls, chocking and suffocation, drowning, fires and burns as well as natural and environmental incidents. A few tips to keep safe this summer:
-Keep a first aid kit at home, stocked with essentials such as plasters, sterile gauze dressings, sterile eye dressings, triangular bandages, roll bandages, regular bandages, safety pins, disposable sterile gloves, tweezers, syringe, medical tape, antibacterial ointment, hydrocortisone, peroxide, ibuprofen, allergy medicine, cough medicine and water.
-Keep an inspected fire-extinguisher on-hand and make sure you and your family know how to use it in case of emergency.
-Always check stoves and candles
-Lock all chemicals and potential health hazards away
-Consider risks of household items including: batteries, burns, carbon monoxide, asbestos, lead, radon, medication, laundry detergent, toys, furniture, and more.
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