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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Check the inside label of your sofa: some upholstered furniture can contain an average of two pounds of toxic flame-retardant chemicals. These chemicals may be the cause for some thyroid disorders, lower IQ, reduced fertility, and cancer. The dust particles that form from your sofa put those chemicals into the air, where you and your family may then breathe them in. While you can’t just throw away your furniture, there are ways to keep the chemical dust particles under control: try dusting, mopping, and vacuuming as well as washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Watch: The Toxic Flame Retardants in Your Home Right Now!

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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