Keep Your Home Clean for Your Family's Health

One of the most important ways to protect our children's health is to prevent their unnecessary exposure to toxins. Children are far more sensitive to low concentrations of toxic chemicals because of their developing organs and high metabolism. Here are some ways you can reduce exposure in your home:

  • Clean the air. Avoid cigarette smoke. Don't smoke or allow others to smoke in your home. From ear infections to cancer, cigarette smoke can cause serious health problems.
  • Check your basement for radon, particularly if your kids spend a lot of time there. You can buy an EPA approved radon test kit from most hardware stores.
  • If you have a wood stove or a lot of fuel burning appliances, get a carbon monoxide alarm for your home. Always make sure your kitchen is properly ventilated if you have a gas stove.
  • Protect from Lead. Have an expert check your home for lead paint. You may think lead is not a problem in your home, but if your house is more than 25 years old and hasn't been checked, lead paint could still be a problem. Also get expert help if you are planning any home repairs or improvements where old layers of lead paint will be uncovered.
  • Old pipes can leach lead into your water. Have your water tested and apply a filter if you have lead in your water. If you are worried about your child's lead levels ask their doctor to have it analyzed the next time they get a blood test.
  • Protect from chemicals. Avoid pesticides as much as possible, especially if you have young children. If you are using pesticides, use only in ventilated areas and follow all instructions. Keep in mind that manufacturers are typically allowed to sell their stocks of pesticides even if they have been banned due to health risks. Diazinon and chlorpyrifos are two examples of banned pesticides that you might still own or which may still be sold in stores.
  • Avoid products with formaldehyde, like pressed wood and carpets. If you have brought something containing formaldehyde into your home make sure the area is well ventilated.

 

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Lea Michelle

I've seen some of those at daniels homes. They were all pretty. It'll definitely fit our condo unit.

Wendy Valdez

So very true. One of the most important place is the kitchen where we prepare our food.

Gregory Diaz

Thanks for sharing. I really love it. It really helps me a lot. I hope to see more of your posts.

Ryka Walking Shoes

There is nothing worse than being in a home that is inhabited by smokers. My husband finally quit after smoking for almost thirty years. It was one of the best decisions he ever made.

kane

Do you know that molds can also harm your body and children? Molds permeates a kind of virus that causes diarrhea. Ughhhh! Its a pain when you have small kids and they get sick, takes time to care for them.

Julia Huang

Yes, it is very important for us to keep our house clean. Thanks for sharing.

Sonya

Radon is not something you can see or smell. It's just as important to have a detector in your home as much as it's important to have a fire alarm.

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