Common Home Health Hazards & What To Do About Them

Clearly, we all want to live full and healthy lives. But it’s amazing how many of us say that while engaging in behaviors that seem to confirm the opposite. A good example can be found in the way that you treat your home. The home is the most important place in the world when it comes to looking after your health, so you should try to make sure that you are aware of this and do all you can to look after it.

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In particular, it’s wise to think about some of the common health hazards that the home can have, so that you can figure out what to do about them and therefore keep your home much healthier. So let’s take a look at some of these right now that you may want to bear in mind.

Poor Air Quality

This is perhaps the most common health hazard in homes across the world, and it’s something that can lead to some serious ongoing health conditions. Even at the very least, having poor quality air in the home will mean that you struggle to breathe as easily as you could, and that your lungs are going to be in a worse condition. And if you tend to suffer from allergies, then you are more likely to have those crop up in the home too.

Fortunately, keeping air quality as good as possible is not too tricky. Firstly, get a few houseplants. All you need to do is have one or two plants around the home, and already you are going to have better quality air. Next, ensure you have good ventilation throughout the home – keep a window cracked, check your vents are clear and so on.

As long as you have done that, you’ll be avoiding this particular health hazard at least.

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A lot of homes have mold, and you might not even know it until you start developing health problems related to it. The kinds of problems you can get as a result of mold can be quite diverse, and can range from very mild to quite severe, in the case of black mold for instance which can be lethal eventually. So if you have any mold at all, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting rid of it as soon as you can, and thoroughly.

For that, you will generally need to clean the affected area and then apply a fungicidal wash before repainting it. That’s the best approach, but it may also be that you need to call in an expert to deal with it properly. Also, remember that, as ever, the best approach is preventative, and anything you can do to avoid mold happening in the first place is going to be well worth your while.

How can you do that? Mostly, it’s about avoiding moisture in the home. So make sure you get someone to carry out a leak detection process on your water system, and consider getting a dehumidifier to keep the moisture out of the air too. In that way you should be able to avoid mold developing at all.

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Trip Hazards

You should also be aware how common it is to trip and fall at home. In fact, this is the number one cause of injuries in the home, as it is in the workplace. So you should be very careful to avoid tripping at home if at all possible. Largely this is obviously about avoiding having anything large on the floor that you might trip over, and making sure that you declutter and generally keep the place tidy. But you should also bear in mind how important it is to generally pay attention as you walk through your home.
If you can do that, you are going to be much less likely to trip over at all, so this is something to think about here.


If a fire breaks out, it’s obviously a hugely damaging event, so you want to do all you can to avoid this happening at all. It’s damaging to the home and to your health, so make sure that you are avoiding this as best as you can. Be careful with electrics, make sure you have the proper fire safety equipment, and generally ensure that you are taking great care in the kitchen too.

If you do that, hopefully you will be able to avoid a fire in the home happening at all. But if one does occur, at least know what you are going to do.

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