Making sure your home is safe to live in is a priority for any homeowner. The visible dangers, like a loose board on the porch or a broken window, obviously need to be fixed. But what about the potentials dangers you might not be able to see? This Web guide helps you learn about common household toxins and how to eliminate them from your home.
Simply knowing about some common household toxins is a good first step toward protecting your home and your family from danger. The Web sites in this section discuss a few of the toxins commonly found in homes and explain why they are harmful.
- For tips on removing toxic substances from your home, and for a variety of other home maintenance ideas, read Household Hints for Dummies.
For a general look at household toxins …
presents “Hidden Household Toxins,” an article that elaborates on common household toxins that homeowners may not be aware of.
The Minnesota Department of Health
discusses what radon is and why it is particularly harmful to a person’s lungs. Scroll down to find a helpful graphic that illustrates the common areas where radon can enter a home. Although some of the information is specific to Minnesota, much of it can be useful to everyone.
The National Cancer Institute
has a fact sheet about formaldehyde. Check this site to learn what formaldehyde is and whether it’s responsible for causing some cancers.
For flame-retardant chemicals …
discusses the potential dangers of being exposed to flame-retardant chemicals found in furniture and other household items. View the video report or read the transcript online.
The Oakland Tribune
explains that concentrations of flame-retardant chemicals may be particularly high in children, and possibly higher than in their parents. The article also discusses common sources of exposure to these chemicals.
asks, “How ‘Fresh’ Is “Air Freshener?” in this article about the presence of phthalates in some air fresheners.
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