Things in and Around Your Home That Can Cause Disease

Did you know that the things in and around your house can cause disease? There are many hidden household dangers that you need to be aware of. This blog post will discuss some of the most common items in and around your home that can cause disease. We will also provide tips on how to protect yourself from these dangers.

1. Sponges:

You use them to clean your dishes, but did you know that sponges can also be a source of disease? Studies have shown sponges harbor harmful bacteria, including E. coli and staphylococcus aureus. To avoid getting sick from your sponge, replace it every few weeks and disinfect it regularly.

2. Vacuum Cleaners:

Vacuum cleaners are another common household item that can be a source of disease. The problem with vacuum cleaners is that they can spread dust and other allergens around your home. If you have asthma or allergies, you should be especially careful when using a vacuum cleaner. To avoid getting sick from your vacuum cleaner, clean it regularly and keep it in a well-ventilated area.

3. Cutting Boards:

You might not think your cutting board could make you sick, but it actually can. If you don’t clean it properly or use it for raw meat and vegetables, bacteria can transfer from the meat to the veggies. This is especially dangerous if you’re going to eat the veggies raw. So always wash your cutting board with soap and water after you use it, and make sure to use separate boards for meat and vegetables.

4. Fire Extinguishers:

While fire extinguishers are undeniably important, they can also be dangerous. The contents of some fire extinguishers, specifically those that contain halon, can cause disease. Halon is a gas that prevents fires by interrupting the chemical reaction that fuels them. It’s incredibly effective at putting out fires but can also harm your health.

Halon is a human carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer. Studies have shown that people exposed to high levels of halon gas are at an increased risk for developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and leukemia. At the moment a firefighter cancer lawsuit is quit common filed by firefighters exposed to halon gas while fighting fires.

So, while fire extinguishers are essential to household safety, keep them away from areas where people spend a lot of time, such as bedrooms and living rooms.

5. Oven Cleaner:

Like most people, you probably don’t think twice about using oven cleaner to clean your oven. After all, it’s designed for cleaning ovens, so it must be safe, right? Wrong.

Oven cleaners are highly corrosive and can cause burns if they come into contact with your skin. Inhaling the fumes from oven cleaners can also cause respiratory problems.

If you must use an oven cleaner, wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself. And, of course, be sure to keep it away from children and pets.

In conclusion, many things in and around your home can cause disease. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from these hidden dangers. Do your research and, when in doubt, always err on the side of caution. Your health is worth it.

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .