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5 Home Hazards Facing Young Children

The home is a place of safety and security. However, it can also be a place of danger to children if the appropriate steps are not taken to inspect, identify, and remove potential dangers. The identification of potential hazards may prevent an accident that may cause serious health problems.  Poisons Remove all poisons from within reach of children. This means cubbies, drawers, and storage areas in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and even the shed. Put all poisons and other harmful materials up and ... Read more

Mold vs. Mildew – The Similarities and Differences

Mold vs. Mildew - The Similarities and Differences Although mildew and mold are funguses, there are some important differences that you need to know. This is because the differences are such that they will shape how you clean away the organisms from your home, office, or facility. Similarities - Mold & Mildew Both mold and mildew are organisms that grow on organic materials. Both are essentially harmless until they reach a warm, moist atmosphere. The moisture will spark both organisms to grow rapidly ... Read more

Home Chemical Safety Tips

You may be surprised to learn just how many hazardous chemicals are in your home. This is because many chemicals are used for cleaning, providing anti-freeze or brake fluid for your vehicles, and even nail polish remover or contact cement. There are four basic types of substances that are harmful to you, your family, and pets that may be in your home. Acidic: They destroy materials on contact Explosive: Under the right conditions, they can explode Flammable: Easy to set aflamePoisons: ... Read more

Paint Over the Danger of Lead

Paint Over the Danger of Lead Lead was present in paint prior to 1978. It provided strength and durability, but it also created a serious health risk to those living inside the home, particularly children. Lead has not been included in paint for over four decades. There are still thousands of homes that have lead paint inside.  The lead paint may be under layers of newer paint that keep the exposure to a minimum. Renovation projects may uncover the paint and cause the ... Read more

Evaluating and Controlling Exposure

The inhalation of asbestos may result in developing mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Asbestos may still exist in old facilities, offices, and residences even though it has not been used in the construction of new buildings. You will need to identify if the substance exists and whether it is present in the air. This means following the proper procedures in testing, identifying, and removing the asbestos. Determining Exposure OSHA applied the following standards for medical surveillance with the following guidelines in which the ... Read more

E-waste – A Toxic Waste Stream

E-Waste consists of discarded electronic parts. It is quickly becoming one of the largest disposal issues. Finding ways to properly dispose of electronic panels, computers, mobile devices, and other scrap electronic devices are becoming quite problematic.  This is especially true in developing countries where advances in digital technology are rapidly rising. The lack of recycling e-waste is leading to rising health concerns.  The Buildup of E-Waste The reason why electronic waste is becoming a greater issue is because of advancing technology. Today’s computers, mobile ... Read more

Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health. Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years.  History Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof ... Read more

Fall Prevention Strategies for Older Adults

As older populations tend to stay more at home, the chances of a fall occurring increase due to a combination of aging and environmental conditions that may promote falling. The chances of falling are still present even with attentive staff on hand for older adults. Older adults are more vulnerable because their reflexes along with physical abilities have become more limited compared to their younger days. Young adults react faster which often means catching themselves before they fall. Older adults tend to ... Read more

COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it is often called offers a higher risk for adults who are older along with those who possess underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, and more. The complications of COVID-19, especially for those at risk means it is important to understand how the virus spreads, what you should do, and if you need professional assistance to disinfect your property.  How COVID-19 Spreads? Generally speaking, COVID spreads through close contact with other individuals. When someone sneezes, ... Read more

Stay Safe When Renovating During COVID-19

Whether you started a renovation project before COVID-19 and social distancing went into effect or you urgently need a plumber today, you may need to bring contractors into your home at some point. If you decide to move forward with a renovation or repair, you’ll want to be extra careful for the safety of both you and your contractors. Have Online / Virtual Meetings When Possible Many homeowners halted renovations when the pandemic hit. However, consultations, walk-throughs, and initial meetings are happening online. ... Read more
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