Find out the things in your home that could be affecting your family’s health.
By Toni Gasparis
Many places in the home can have toxins without you knowing. Become an educated consumer and homeowner by understanding when your home may be putting you and your family’s health at risk.
A substance in your wooden deck could affect your health and potentially cause cancer. Before 2005, many wood companies made and sold arsenic-infused wood. When rain gets on this wood, an arsenic residue builds up. If it’s ingested— for example, by a child who touches the deck and then sticks his fingers in his mouth — there can be serious health consequences. Use an oil-based stain on your deck every year to seal in the arsenic.