Your home should be a safe haven for you and your family. The EPA states that most people spend about 87% of their lives indoors and most of this time is spent in our homes. Keep your home healthy and safe to protect your family’s well-being.
Keep Your Family Healthy and Safe
Some health issues that children experience are a result of the environment at home. For example, excess moisture from a leaking roof or busted pipes may lead to allergies or asthma. Improper storage of hazardous chemicals can lead to accidental poisonings. Here are some easy ways to keep a healthy and safe home.
Maintain a Healthy and Safe Home by Eliminating Mold
Allergy-type symptoms, including coughing or sneezing, may be caused by mold in the home. Mold flourishes in high humidity, so keep the moisture in your house under control. This means looking out for dripping faucets and leaking pipes. A hygrometer (moisture meter) will measure indoor humidity. If the humidity in your home exceeds fifty percent regularly, a dehumidifier will help reduce moisture.
Limit Use of Pesticides
Pesticides are used to kill ants, roaches, lawn pests, and mice. However, overexposure may put your family’s health at risk for problems with brain development and asthma. To limit the use of pesticides and keep your home healthy and safe, focus on preventing an infestation. Simple tasks such as thoroughly washing dishes, cleaning up after every meal, and keeping food in tightly closed containers help keep the pests away.
Fight Dust Mites
Dust mites are tiny, microscopic creatures that can cause mild or severe allergies including sneezing, coughing, and in severe cases, difficulties breathing. To limit the spread of dust mites, vacuum often and change your bedding at least once a week, making sure to wash the pillowcases, towels, and sheets in hot water. Put the comforters that you do not wash frequently in the dryer at least once a week.
Invest in a Water Filter
You are probably drinking tap water that your local water company has filtered. Request a water-quality report from your utility to learn what types of contaminants are in your home’s water, then shop for the right water filter to eliminate those contaminants. There are many types of filters to choose from. Some attach to your kitchen faucet, others are pitchers you can store in the fridge, or you can opt for a whole-house filter that purifies all of the water coming into your home.