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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Wood Floors

Laminate wood floors have been found to contain high levels of formaldehyde in the glue used to hold together the particles of wood making up the floorboards. This formaldehyde can turn into gas, which is then breathed in by your family, or absorbed by items nearby. These dangerous wood floors can increase a person’s risk for asthma, as well as lung, eye, and nasal irritation. If your floors have high levels of chemicals, take them out of your house and replace them with natural flooring options such as hardwood or ceramic.

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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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