Your home may be your castle, but your castle could be contaminated with deadly toxins! So, here’s how to make your kitchen, living spaces, and backyard healthier for you and your family. This intelligence comes from CNN:
- Let’s start with the kitchen. Specifically, nonstick cookware. To keep things from sticking, they contain chemicals called PFCs - which have been linked to low birth weight, a decreased ability to fight infection, and may even cause cancer! The fix: Don’t preheat an empty Teflon pan, don’t turn the burner higher than medium while cooking, and if your non-stick pans are scratched, flaky or peeling – toss ‘em out!
- Another toxin that could be in your home: Polluted tap water. Of course, tap water is more heavily regulated and inspected than bottled water, but the water in your area can contain elevated levels of lead, arsenic, and other hazardous chemicals. The fix: You can check out the published reports from your local water district. Or send a water sample to a testing company, like Everpure. They give you detailed results of what’s in your local water along with the recommendations for best – and least expensive - ways to filter out any impurities.
- Another potential home danger: Flame retardants in furniture, bedding, and kids pajamas. Chemicals called PBDEs slow the rate at which things burn, but they also interfere with a child’s developing nervous system, causing problems with memory and attention. PBDEs become easily attached to dust particles. Since kids spend so much time on the floor and put everything in their mouths, they have a high risk of exposure. So, keep your house as dust-free as possible.
- The final household danger: Arsenic-treated wood decks and play sets. Up until 2004, outdoor wood was preserved with arsenic, which causes cancer. To be safe, have your kids scrub with soap and water as soon as they come inside. Also, don’t have outdoor wood structures cleaned with pressurized water – which can release the arsenic and reseal the wood once a year with latex paint or polyurethane.