Protect Your House and Your Health
Your house is your home, a place where you seek solace and comfort. As parents, we try to make our home a place of refuge for our children, somewhere they can have fun and always feel loved and nurtured.
However, sometimes our homes can actually harm us, in some ways that may be more serious than others.
As many of you know we recently had Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in our home that made my son and I quite sick. We now have detectors in stalled and new batteries in the smoke alarms. I have been learning more about the hidden dangers in homes and have begun to make changes. Throwing out our favorite skillet was another change that I made because the Teflon was old. There is much we can do as parents to create a better environment for our families.
Take these 4 steps to keep your family’s healthy and safe within your home:
1. Install carbon monoxide monitors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas, and unfortunately, every year it claims some lives. However, there’s a simple way to protect your family–install a carbon dioxide monitor. An alarm will sound if carbon monoxide levels begin to rise, which will allow you and your family time to escape before any damage is done.
2. Check your smoke alarm batteries twice a year. Every time we change time, change your smoke alarm batteries. Home fires can be devastating. A smoke alarm can allow you time to put out the fire on your own if it’s small, or to get your family and pets out to safety before any life threatening injuries can occur. Changing the smoke alarm batteries can take less than 10 minutes, but this action could potentially save your life.
3. Install a water softener. While no one has every died from hard water, using hard water can make your skin and hair itchy and uncomfortable. It also may not be good to drink on a regular basis. Plus, a water softener can protect your plumbing pipes from scaly build up that can cause you to replace the pipes earlier than you would need to otherwise.
4. Invest in good pots and pans. You likely have some non-stick coated pans that have surface wear and scratches. Did you know once your pots and pans get this damaged, some of the flakes of the non-stick coating can go into your food? With every meal you make, your family may be consuming these flakes. Replace your pots and pans to keep the chemicals out of your family members’ food.
Making our homes welcoming and safe goes beyond the cosmetic. Take these simple steps to help further ensure the safety of your family. As parents, it is our job to reduce our family members’ risks while at home.
If you have any other good suggestions on making our homes safer please leave them in the comments section below! Thanks.
Awesome suggestions! Thank you! I agree!
These are great guidelines. Checking for radon in your home (if it is present in your area) is also something that can keep your family safe.
April D. Ralph
I definitely agree about replacing the pots and pans, saving my $ to do that asap. Also, I couldn’t find where to post what I learned about Elite serum, but I learned it is like a needle-free alternative to Botox.
Great tips! Hubby is the main sales rep for ADT (security systems) in our part of FL so our house is full of security & constantly monitored. Also, Our dog is a pitbull. She adores our kids, is very protective & well trained…lol
The water softener is too hard to maintain. I had mine uninstalled. I know that it is good for the skin. But having very good Carbon monoxide monitors is so important to have. I have two of these devices in my home. And also, I never thought about getting good pots and pans. Good information to know! Thanks for the information.
I agree completely with the pots and pans. We actually had that happen at a family birthday party one year. The flakes of teflon got into the gravy!
I agree with the carbon Monoxide detectors and the smoke alarm batteries BUt i did not know about the pots and pans! My pans are horribly scratched and i must replace them ASAP! My advice for healthy home is to change your furnace filters!!!
I think a radon detector is really important as is a security system (when one is affordable). We also buy lead testers to test new painted toys/items that will be around our daughter.
The pots and pans tip is a great one that many people neglect or just don’t realize. Thanks for including it here!
I def agree with your suggestions. I’m going to school to be a rad tech right now so I’ve learned each and every home should be checked for Radon and I recently saw on the news, espec. in my state of MA that radon is more common in homes than people think.
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