KeepHealthCare.ORG – Ways your home could be making you sick
Those who are prone to allergies also need to be careful what cleaning products they are using. Photo: Pixabay. For illustrative purposes.
Flu season is upon us and even though you’ve had your flu shot, take daily immune boosters and don a medical mask every time you leave the house, you’re still managing to feel under the weather. But, how?
“Most of us are aware of the preventative measures we can take to protect ourselves against the germs that lurk beyond the safety of our front doors. But, many homeowners are unaware that their homes could potentially be the cause behind their congestion,” explained Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
He said there are many hidden germs loitering around our living spaces that pose potential health risks.
For starters, when was the last time you cleaned out your refrigerator? And by that we don’t mean just a quick wipe down of the door with dish-washing liquid and a sponge. To remove any potential risks of food poisoning and germs, you need to unpack and wipe down each shelf regularly, clean between the grooves of the plastic door seals with a toothbrush, and dust off the electric coil behind your freezer. This coil, which helps protect against frost build-up, blows hot air into your home. To avoid having dust particles being blown around, you need to be dusting behind your refrigerator regularly.
Those who are prone to allergies also need to be careful what cleaning products they are using. Many of the fragrance-enhancing products have negative affects on sensitive sinuses. The dye and ammonium compounds in certain products can also aggravate skin that is prone to irritations. It is better to use as many natural cleaning solutions (such as vinegar and water or baking soda) as possible when cleaning your home.
“Those living in houses built before 1980 need to ensure that there are no traces of asbestos or lead paint in their homes.
These common building materials were discovered to pose severe long-term health risks and are no longer used in any form of construction today. If you are currently looking at properties, it is important to inquire about this when viewing older homes,” Adrian explained.
Of course, there is the common suspect that most of us know to be harmful – mould. Not all mould species are hazardous, but all mould points to dampness problems, and this poses health risks in any home. Usually found in damp places such as bathrooms or kitchens, mould can also build up in unseen places like corners that don’t receive a lot of sunlight or ventilation. If you’re really struggling with sinus problems and ongoing illness, it might be worth investigating the inside of your ceiling to ensure that there is no mould build-up hidden away up there.
“Factors that pose a risk to our health do not only live outside our doors; they also live inside our homes. Homeowners ought to take this into consideration if they stand any chance of defeating the odds and remaining healthy in the face of the onslaught of runny noses and phlegmy coughs that await them beyond their boundary walls this flu season,” Adrian concluded.
• Source: http://www.remax.co.za
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