Protect Your Kids From The Perils Of The Home!
Generally, the home is a place that you can consider to be a safe haven for your children. Most of the common dangers are under control; but not without some stress, mind you. But, there are still some areas that you might not be so aware of. To help you out, this post will go through a few of the hidden dangers in your home. Obviously, this doesn’t cover everything. Do your own research to determine how safe your house really is!
When most people think of pests, they think of rats or foxes. But, there are quite a few unnoticeable pests that can be found in the hearts of our homes. The first and most elusive of these household pests is the bed bug. These little critters hide in the creases and cracks around your bed. At night, they’re attracted to your body heat, in search of a bloody meal. Like mosquitos, bed bugs will bite you and drain a very small amount of blood. Although they don’t carry any diseases, their bites can result in an allergic reaction. Even if you don’t have pets, a pest like fleas can also infest your home. Fleas are blood suckers, just like bed bugs. But, they’re much more mobile and don’t require a bed to survive. Although unlikely, fleas can spread diseases. In fact, the black plague was transmitted by fleas. The best way to prevent an infestation is by remaining ever observant. Check your beds, carpets, and pets for any little critters. They can be hard to spot, and when an infestation gets out of control, you’ll need professional help.
- Mildew And Mold
Mildew is the black mold that forms on walls from time to time. This mold is a type of fungi that, when conditions are right, will grow on organic and some man-made materials. Damp, warm rooms are perfect for mildew. In fact, mildew is one of the first signs you’ll see when you have a bad case of damp. For adults, small quantities of mildew around the home is unlikely to cause any problems. But, children have much more sensitive lungs than an adult. This makes them more susceptible to the spores that mildew will release into the air. This can cause a host of breathing problems for your child, especially over a long period of exposure. Avoid allowing your house to become damp, and check every room for mildew regularly.
- Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide has been widely ignored as a danger, up until recently. It’s produced by our heating systems, water heaters, and fires. The gas is completely odorless, colorless, and tasteless. And, you won’t even notice any symptoms of poisoning to begin with. Carbon monoxide binds with the hemoglobin in your blood, which usually transports oxygen to other vital parts of the body. But, carbon monoxide doesn’t play the same roll as oxygen. Carbon monoxide can be dangerous in large or small doses if you’re exposed to it for a long time. In some cases, poisoning will result in a fast death. In other instances, it may simply lower your lifespan. Make sure that your house has a working carbon monoxide detector, to avoid the risk.
Hopefully, this will help you to feel to protect your children to the highest level. Some of the biggest threats in the home are unseen; do some research, and don’t get caught out!