Healthy Homes = Healthy People

Does your home have mold, lead, carbon monoxide, or radon. If it does, did you know this could have some major impact on your health? It’s true you can be exposed to these things anywhere you go, but when you are living with these and have the long exposure it could be dangerous to your health.

Mold – Exposure to mold can cause many different health effects, or possibly none at all. If you are sensitive to molds, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. People with chronic lung illnesses,  may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold.

Lead – Almost everyone I know has heard of Lead Paint and know that older houses probably have lead paint, but did you know it can be found in other places of your home as well? It can be found in the soil around your house, dust particles in your house, even in your drinking water, not to mention possible products you’re not aware of such as some plumbing pipes and even cosmetics. Lead can be inhaled, swallowed, or even absorbed through the skin. Read more on lead poisoning here.

Carbon Monoxide – CO posioning has similar effects of the flu. So how do you know if you don’t just have the flu? If you feel better when you are away from your home and the symptoms return when you spend time at home, it’s not the flu. Common sources of CO in homes include fuel-burning devices such as: furnaces, gas or kerosene space heaters, boilers, gas cooking stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, fireplaces, charcoal grills, wood stoves, lawn mowers, power generators, camp stoves, motor vehicles and some power tools with internal combustion engines. Smoking is another common source of CO that can negatively impact indoor air quality.

Radon – Studies are finding evidence that Radon is linked to Lung Cancer according to the EPA. Radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is a gas that can be found in multiple areas, homes, and buildings around the world. Read here about health risk.

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