For many Latinas, keeping our famlias healthy and safe can border on an obsession. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must. Bottled or filtered water is too for most. Many of us have greened our cleaning products and have emergency plans ‘just in case”. It’s important we do everything we can to keep our familia safe and most of us do it. However, there hidden hazards you may not be aware of that can easily be prevented.
Here are 5 Hidden Hazards that many of us are simply not aware of from an enlightening book called The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers Protect Your Home Against Hidden Dangers:
Take your shoes off before entering your home. We walk around unwittingly in car oil, pesticides, animal waste and toxins.
Teflon pots and pans release potential hazardous fumes and particles into the air such as toxic gases, carcinogens and global pollutants. Try using a well-seasoned cast iron skillet instead.
“Wrinkle free” sheets can expose you to the chemical PFC (perfluorochemcials) and is linked to reproductive and development toxicity, as well as cancers of the bladder and liver. Try using natural alternatives like cotton or linen.
Fluorescent light bulbs will make you feel drained. They contain a toxic gas known as mercury vapor. Instead try purchasing regular incandescent light bulbs.
Electrical appliances create EMFs (electromagnetic fields) which are similar to those found under power lines that were linked to cancer clusters. Make sure you unplug your appliances when they are not being used.
For more tips on keeping your home hazard free, check out THE HEALTHY HOME :