How often do you read the warning labels on the back of any product you’re using at home? Most homes contain some sort of dangerous material (like cleaning and gardening products), but in some cases it could be extremely hazardous to your family.
An average house easily accumulates 100 pounds of dangerous waste, which often remains until the residents move out or do an extensive cleanup, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Each person generates an average of 4 pounds of household hazardous waste each year for a total of about 530,000 tons.
If a chemical is used every day on the job or at home, it may prove incredibly dangerous. Some chemicals in household furniture, carpeting, or cleaners can be sources of chronic exposure. Over time, toxic materials can build up in the body and cause long-term health effects, according to the NY Department of Health.
Harmful chemicals can get into your body if you breathe, eat, or drink them or if they are absorbed through your skin. Possible damage can result in infertility, cancer, emphysema, kidney tissue damage, and birth defects, to name a few, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
As a general rule, avoid buying anything that has the words danger, corrosive, or explosive written anywhere on the label.