6 Ways Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

Find out the things in your home that could be affecting your family’s health.

6 Ways Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

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.

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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.

Watch: Your Home’s Toxic Zones — Arsenic

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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