Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby Adele on 20 Nov 2012, 10:29

Remember not to use spry-on carpet cleaners. :arrow:
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby jake on 20 Nov 2012, 10:36

You can make your own household cleaners( yes, it is that easy).You can make a good kitchen cleaner out of baking soda and a little soap. Diluted vinegar is good for cleaning windows. The advantage is that you know exactly what is going in them. :mrgreen:
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby Lois on 20 Nov 2012, 10:55

The floor won't get as dirty and you can clean less often, if you take off your shoes as you come into the house.This way you keep germs out of the house. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby jake on 20 Nov 2012, 11:02

Don't clean with the kids in the room. When you're a harried parent, it's tempting to multitask -- to spray cleaner on the table while your baby is having snack. It's much better to use household cleaners without your child in the room. Make sure to ventilate it before your kid comes back in. :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby Gizel on 20 Nov 2012, 11:46

But chemicals aren’t the only culprits. Even strong natural smells -- such as aromatic flowers, for example -- can trigger migraine headaches or asthma attacks in some people. Unfortunately, if you know that you or someone in your family has a negative reaction to smells, it isn’t as simple as looking for a product that is labeled as fragrance-free.
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby jake on 20 Nov 2012, 11:55

Dry-cleaned clothes can be another source of household air pollution. Dry cleaning most often uses perchloroethylene, a chemical that has been found to cause cancer in animals. When you bring freshly dry-cleaned clothes into your home, your family may be inhaling this potentially harmful chemical. Air dry-cleaned clothes in the garage for several days before wearing them or wash clothes the traditional way.
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby Tamara G on 20 Nov 2012, 12:15

Pollution could also arise from stove problems. Improperly installed or vented gas stoves can release harmful gases into your home. At low levels, carbon monoxide can cause fatigue. Higher concentrations can cause nausea, headaches, confusion, and even death. :!: :!:
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby jake on 20 Nov 2012, 12:20

Nitrogen dioxide can cause respiratory problems -- especially in children. Make sure burners are adjusted correctly so that flame tips are always blue. Vent the stove with a fan that blows outside.
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby Lois on 20 Nov 2012, 13:47

If your central heating and air conditioning system has problems -- ranging from cracks and dirt to poor ventilation -- dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide could be collecting in your home. Make sure your furnace – including your chimney and flue -- is well-maintained, including annual inspections and regular filter changes.
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Re: Kids And Chemicals in Your Home(Indoor Air pollution)

Postby Gizel on 20 Nov 2012, 13:56

You can’t smell, see, or taste radon -- a dangerous gas formed when uranium naturally decays in soil, rocks, or water. It can enter your home through cracks or holes in your foundation, walls, or around pipes. Radon is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. Children may be more sensitive to radon because they breathe faster and take in more air. You can test for radon with a kit or call a radon inspector.
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