The Six Silent Killers in Your Home:
How to Detect and Eliminate Them
© 2018 Health Realizations, Inc.
You routinely check the batteries on your smoke detectors. You keep your doors locked with a deadbolt. You are particular about turning your oven off after each use.
Yet despite the fact that most Americans believe their homes are safe havens, of the 91,000 deaths that occur each year from unintentional injury, 20 percent of them occur in the home, according to The Home Safety Council. This translates to about 18,000 deaths each year from home injuries.
A majority of these fatalities in the home are due to "invisible" threats that you cannot see, smell or feel until an accident occurs.
Even those with the best intentions of home safety can easily overlook these serious threats … that is, unless you are aware of them and take the proper steps to eliminate and avoid them.
With that in mind, here are the top six silent threats in the home and what to do about them. Please pass this article on to your loved ones who should also be aware of this important information.
1. Don't Let Harmful Gases Sneak Up on You
After research and careful review, by far the most highly rated line of carbon dioxide detectors we found are those alarms plug into any standard wall outlet and offers superior protection from two threats -- carbon monoxide AND explosive gas (see below).
2. If Your Home is Sick, You Could be Too: Fungi and Mold
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the following groups of people may be at greater risk than others for mold:
When working around mold in the home, it is highly recommended that you wear gloves made natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane; wear goggles that do not have ventilation holes; and keep your mouth covered with a multi-purpose respirator.
If you suspect mold in your bathroom shower, an excellent remedy is to combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and shake well. The mixture can be sprayed directly onto problematic surfaces like tubs and shower curtains. "Nothing works as well as this mixture to remove mold," says Berthold-Bond, an environmental home expert.
For home dusting, it is recommended that you avoid common rags as they are some of the prime havens for germs and tend to merely spread microscopic contaminants like fungi around. Instead, choose a duster made of ultramicrofibers, which pick up absolutely everything in their path and don't let it go … seriously consider the highly recommended PerfectClean Flexible Duster, which makes it easy to reach any area of your home and is very economical.
IMPORTANT! If you suspect you have a serious case of mold in your home, SixWise.com urges you to read the complementary .pdf e-report from the Environmental Protection Agency called "A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in Your Home" at EPA Mold Guide.
3. Illness-Causing Bacteria and Viruses: Lurking in Your Home?
Germs that cause flu, diarrhea, and considerably more serious contagious diseases abound in places you least expect them—the typical home or work office desk, for instance, has 400 times more germs than a toilet! And there are more germs in your kitchen than in your bathroom!
While many people diligently scrub and disinfect their bathrooms, it's easy to overlook a desktop or kitchen counter that appears clean. What you don't see, however, are the microscopic, illness-causing germs that have taken up residence on your computer keyboard or kitchen sink drain.
Americans typically spend about $1 billion each year on antibacterial products to kill household germs, yet many experts say these products give out a false sense of security, as they only kill bacteria—not the viruses that are responsible for many illnesses.
One recommendation is to use microfiber products in your home office, kitchen, children's rooms —anywhere you want the deepest clean, down to the microscopic level.
4. Household Chemicals Can be Deadly
Many household products -- including those meant to clean, disinfect, fertilize, kill insects and rodents, and more – are poisonous at varying levels to humans and pets. If these products fall into the wrong hands (or mouths), they can quickly turn from "helpful" to harmful and horrific. Therefore:
5. Keep Pests at Bay
Though mildly to severely disgusting, many pests that can invade your home are relatively harmless. However, there are some pests that can pose a variety of serious dangers.
Mice: in Your House Could Be Deadly!" Two varieties of mice common in North America are responsible for Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a very serious disease of which 50% of the cases in humans result in death. The key to avoid hantavirus in your home is to keep it thoroughly clean, and to use highly effective traps if you do have mice.
Termites: Though more a nuisance than a real health hazard, termites can cause major structural damage to homes (and to your wallet). If you suspect you have termites, it is important to contact a professional exterminator as soon as possible.
Red Fire Ants: Red fire ants, which were once confined to South America, have infested many Southern and Southeastern states. Fire ants are so dangerous because, similar to bees, when a mound is disturbed the ants have a "mob mentatlity" that causes them to attack in swarms. When humans are bitten, the ant venom burns the skin and causes tiny blisters to form. Fire ants bite repeatedly, leaving victims with blister-covered skin.
Rats: Rats, which often have fleas, can spread dangerous diseases. Plus, they like to gnaw through all kinds of materials and can even start fires if they chew on electrical wires.
Fleas and Ticks: Fleas and ticks are everywhere —there are more than 200 species of fleas and 200 species of ticks in the United States—and they can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to pets and humans alike. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 Americans are infected with Lyme disease carried by deer ticks every year, and often the ticks come into the home via pets. There are a variety of approaches on the market to rid your home of fleas and ticks, but if you have a severe infestation it is highly recommended that you contact a professional exterminator.
6. Hidden Fire Hazards
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, every year, nearly 156,000 fires in the U.S. occur during the winter holiday season, claiming nearly 630 lives, and many are caused by accidents. Even the recent well-publicized skyscraper fire at the LaSalle Bank headquarters in Chicago, which injured more than three-dozen people and burned for over five hours, was reportedly caused by an accident.
Halogen Torchére Lamps Can Be
a Serious Hidden Fire Risk.
Hidden fire hazards that many people are unaware of include:
You may not want to risk having one of these lamps in your home at all, but if you have a Halogen torchére lamp and wish to keep it, you can and should get free wire guards by writing to:
Catalina Lighting Consumer Services
18191 NW 68th Avenue
Miami, FL 33015
The Home Safety Council
CBS News: "Silent Killers: Is Your Building Sick?"
Danger Lurks in Your Home and Garden!