Your Home, Your Haven – What you should beware of in your home…

What is making you sick in your home?

After we buy our house we feel as if our home is our safe haven for our emotional well being and our health. We do everything we can to keep our houses clean and buy the right products, but there may be a few things that most people may not know about or even be aware that is harming their health at home.

So think back to that home inspection when the inspector pointed out that the duct work in the attic may have Asbestos.

How about the vinyl floor in the bathroom or kitchen that hasn’t been replaced yet? How are your shower curtains made? Did you check your water source, what’s in your water? Did you buy new flame resistant furniture or carpets for the your house? What about your electronics?

As innocent as it may sound, not knowing about these Harmful 4 can damage your health. It’s better to be safe than sorry because  good health lasts a lifetime.

4 DANGERS LURKING IN YOUR HOME:

Asbestos:  
What it is: A naturally occurring fibrous mineral found in Housing insulation, drywall, artificial fireplace logs,toys
Health Hazard: Mesothelioma, a fatal cancer
What You Should Know: Asbestos in products is not always labeled, and while most manufacturers have abandoned it or reduced its levels, it's still not banned by the U.S. government

Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DECA):
What it is: A flame retardant, found in Electronics, furniture and carpets
Health Hazards: Permanent learning and memory deficits; hearing defects; decreased sperm count in animals
What You Should Know: Following EPA advice, the industry began phasing out the chemical in December 2009

Phthalates: 
What They Are: Chemicals that give plastic its resilience and flexibility, found in Toys, raincoats, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, detergents, food packaging, shampoos
Health Hazards: Animal studies show reduced sperm counts and reproductive abnormalities; evidence of a link to liver cancer in humans
What You Should Know: Congress passed legislation in 2008 to ban six phthalates from toys and cosmetics

Fluoride: 
What It Is: A form of the basic element fluoride, found in Toothpaste and tap water.
Health Hazards: Neurotoxic and potentially tumorigenic if swallowed; the American Dental Association advises that children under 2 not use fluoride toothpaste
What You Should Know: Government studies support current fluoride levels in tap water, but studies on long-term exposure and cancers are ongoing.

 
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About the Author:

Aleksandra is a native to the area and familiar to the particular needs of the community. Aleks believes that every individual is as unique as the homes they live in. Ultimately a house is not a home until you find the right one. Aleks has worked in the real estate industry since 1999 and has found that integrity is the main ingredient to any successful real estate relationship. She is an E-pro specialist as well as being an International Presidents Circle award winner. Whether you are moving across town or across country, let her HUNT for YOUR dream home. She is your Home HUNTing specialist!

Phone: 818-451-9029
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