Our number one priority as a parent is to protect our children from danger and harm. Our aim is to teach them about the dangers that we can all see and are aware of such as road safety, but sometimes there are other risks present that are not always immediately obvious.
Environmental hazards present a clear health risk in certain situations and when people especially the young and the old, are exposed to things like radon, molds, pesticides and second-hand smoke, to name just a few potential dangers, then they could potentially develop a medical problem as a result of this exposure.
Potential environmental hazards
It would take some while to compile an exhaustive list of potential environment hazards and when you visit the EPA website you can see a list of just some of the toxic dangers that are all around us
There are a number of things that we can do to help our children breathe easier and avoid some potential health problems further down the road.
Smoking is an obvious starting point, we all know how bad it is for our own health but exposing your children smoke in your home or in your car represents a clear environmental health risk that can be avoided.
Try to keep your home as clean as possible as some children are especially prone to asthma attacks and allergies, so the regular removal of dust, mold and pet dander for example, will help to avoid the trigger that can lead to an attack on their health system.
An environmental health hazard that is not always considered as a primary risk is lead poising according to Environmental Data Resources. It would be a mistake to disregard the potential for exposure to lead as it can lead to serious health problems.
If you home was built before 1978 you should arrange for test to be carried out in order to see if there is a lead paint hazard present. Address any peeling paint issues immediately particularly if you think the paintwork might contain traces of lead, and when you run the cold water tap, let it run until it is cold to help eliminate the prospect of any lead traces finding their way into your glass.
Chemicals and children don’t mix
You should always aim to store pesticides and toxic chemicals safely and securely away from your children. If you apply a pesticide on your lawn or on your vegetables that you are growing, then keep them off the lawn for the recommended period of time and wash any fruit or vegetables thoroughly that come straight from your garden.
Another toxic danger to children in the home is carbon monoxide poisoning and if you have any fuel-burning appliances in the house, you should have them serviced and checked at least once a year.
Consider installing a CO alarm in your sleeping areas in the home so that you can get an audible warning if the carbon monoxide reach an unacceptable level at any time.
You should also consider getting a home radon testing kit as this toxic chemical is odorless and therefore impossible to detect without the right equipment.
Your home should be a safe environment for your children at all times and by taking sensible precautions and being aware of the hazards that exist, you can help to keep everyone in the house in good health.
Aaron Trussell is a father of five and home contractor. He likes to relax by writing about what he has learned on a variety of blog sites.