Healthy Homes

Helping to clean up a home: Install the right products to limit household dangers

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:06

The presence of harmful materials in a home is not something that many people are able to recognize, either out of ignorance or due to the fact that these toxins are often hidden and difficult to monitor.

Older products are often made of or help to distribute airborne contaminants in a residence, as outdated heating systems, insulation that contains asbestos or other materials can severely impact the well-being of a family.

A guest column in the Detroit Free Press noted that there is an increasing amount of evidence that shows childhood cancers and other health issues have risen due to the presence of toxins and chemicals in homes.

According to the article, written by former nurse Joyce Stein, childhood cancers have increased 20 percent since 1975 and neurological diseases have been linked to negative chemicals that are sometimes present in a residence.

"Every decade since the passage of the first Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, scientists have learned more and more regarding the dangerous effects toxic chemicals have on infants, children and adults," explained Joyce. She noted that many people think of dangers posed by outdoor environments and airborne contaminants outside of a home, but the dangers may actually lie within.

This makes it all the more important for a family to monitor what products are used in their homes and how dangerous old appliances and fixtures can be.

Older heating systems should be replaced with new products, such as radiant heating, which help to limit the presence of these contaminants and provide a cleaner atmosphere for families. By not requiring the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents, these systems do not pose the same risk that more conventional forced air technology does for a family.