New Delhi: It is often said that there is no safer place than home. Well, the statement may be true, at least to some extent, but with the introduction of a variety of electronic devices, chemicals, etc. in our homes, are we deliberately falsifying the credibility of the statement and exposing ourselves to the risk of
Here are some potentially dangerous household items that can put you and your family’s health at risk:
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air fresheners: Who doesn’t want their house to smell like a flower meadow? However, attempting to freshen indoor air could be putting your health at risk. This is because air fresheners can contain compounds, i.e. ethanol, formaldehyde, beta-pinene, etc., which can cause adverse health effects such as headaches, dermatitis, asthma, etc. Toilet cleaners: It’s a known fact that cleaning products contain powerful chemicals to kill harmful germs and tough stains. But have you ever wondered what dangers these chemicals could inflict on your health? Toilet cleaners contain compounds such as hydrochloric acid (HCl), the vapors of which can cause skin and eye irritation, skin burns, respiratory problems, etc. Additionally, it can be fatal if ingested.
- Flame retardants: Several household items such as your sofa set, mattress, rug, etc. contain flame retardants which are used to reduce the risk of ignition of materials and textiles in the event of a fire. However, the toxic chemicals in flame retardants can cause adverse health effects such as hormonal imbalance, cancer, neurological damage, etc.
Non-stick cookware: No one wants to spend hours doing the dishes trying to clean stubborn stains from the surface. Thanks to non-stick cookware, we no longer have to worry about food sticking to the bottom of our cookware. However, are non-stick cookware really a blessing? In a sense, no. Coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, also known as Teflon, exposure of this compound to temperatures above 260°C can produce toxic fumes which can lead to headaches, nausea, etc.
- Oil-based paint and polish: Paints and varnishes are used on walls and furniture surfaces to enhance their aesthetic appeal. But did you know that by beautifying your environment, you could be exposing yourself to VOCs, also known as volatile organic compounds? Many oil-based paints and varnishes contain harmful compounds, the inhalation of which can cause nausea, eye/skin/throat irritation and respiratory problems.
Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.
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