Over the past 6 months we’ve become more aware than ever of the invisible dangers that can lurk outside the home. We’ve seen the terrifying statistics that remind us just how quickly and how voraciously diseases can be communicated. We’ve also been reminded just how effective common-sense things like washing our hands, covering our mouths and noses when we sneeze and keeping our distance when we feel sick can be in keeping diseases under control.
Hidden Dangers That Lurk In Your Home
Since March, most of us have spent most of our time at home indoors. We’ve been trying to stay as close to our friends as possible (even when it’s only been via phone call and video chat), but we’ve mostly spent our time in the company of those who live under our roof, protecting our families in the safety of our own home.
But while you may be taking great steps to keep COVID-19 at bay, there may be other (equally dangerous threats) that could harm tour family’s health. Even if your home is kept spotlessly clean and tidy, your loved ones may be vulnerable to a range of threats including…
Dangerous bacteria in your air con system
Your air con system is likely working hard to keep your family cool in this delightfully hot weather. But if you don’t show your system some TLC by getting it serviced regularly, bacteria can collect within and spread throughout the air in your home. Legionella, the bacteria responsible for legionnaire’s disease is commonly spread through the AC systems of homes and businesses.
Creepy crawlies and airborne nasties in your crawl space
If you’ve not ventured into your crawl space cleaning since you first bought your home, you may be unaware of the dangers that lurk within. Not only creepy crawlies like spiders, ants, millipedes etc. (which are fairly unlikely to cause harm), but damp air laden with molds and spores that could be damaging to your family’s health. Crawl space insulation could protect your families from airborne threats that come from below. Check out this website for more information; https://www.insulatekansascity.com/crawl-space-insulation/. Insulating your crawl space can also help to prevent structural damage caused my damp and pests.
Invisible threats in your kitchen
Even a spotlessly clean kitchen can contain all kinds of hidden threats. Especially if you’re not careful with how you cook and prepare your food. Listeria can lurk within fresh produce, meat and eggs if they’re not properly cooked, while salmonella can be present in foods that aren’t properly washed. Campylobacter can also hide in food that’s improperly washed or cooked and is the most common cause of food poisoning in the United States. No matter how clean your kitchen itself is, your food can transmit all of these bacteria.
Wherever anything burns, you need to think about Carbon Monoxide
Finally, wherever anything is burned in the home, the threat of Carbon Monoxide needs to be considered. This invisible, odorless gas is potentially fatal and nearly impossible to perceive. So make sure that your home is fitted with Carbon Monoxide detectors as well as smoke detectors.