We’re all aware of the risks that we can face in our homes, and have ways of dealing with them. Home security systems have been developed to lessen the risks of home intruders, and there are pest control options to deal with anything furry, winged or bitey that might want to set up home in the darker corners of your household. However, often the risks that you need to be looking out for are smaller, quieter and seemingly more benign than you’d have thought. And it’s those little risks that we’re going to look at today.
Some of these concerns are things we have brought into our homes through choice, while others are problems that don’t make themselves evident until it’s potentially too late to stop them having a malign effect. But if you know what to look for, you can go about your everyday life without concern.
We all know about hay fever – when the pollen counts in an area get too high, those of us with a sensitivity will know only too well the effects it can have. But pollen is far from the only airborne concern that can get to you in your home. Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye, and can cause a lot of the same problems we associate with high pollen counts. Streaming eyes, sneezing and irritation can be mistaken for hay fever, and the impact is the same in any case. So it’s worth investing in an air purifier or two, or looking into a new HVAC system.
Most of us will recognize mold when we see it, but we don’t need to see it for it to cause problems. The tell-tale black splodges on a ceiling or wall can be removed with the right treatments, but DIY methods may only deal with part of the problem. It’s a good idea to look to the experts when it comes to removing mold, as they will not only remove all traces of the offending marks, but will also be able to advise on what might be causing it and how to prevent it from reoccurring.
There’s limited pollen risk to humans from household flowers – although it’s not a non-existent risk, so they’re probably not a great idea if you are allergic. However, the type of flower can be crucial in protecting the pets in your family. Lilies are among a list of flowers that can be lethal to cats, and if you have felines in the home you should ensure it is a permanent lily-free zone. This is a serious warning: cats can become fatally ill if they merely groom themselves after brushing against lilies; they’re also among the flowers that are bad for dogs.
A nice area rug can make a big difference to the look of a home, but it is essential to make sure that the rug is secure when you put it down. If necessary, a rug should be edged with adhesive material or non-slip lining that stops it from moving when people step on it, because a slip or fall can result in serious injury. The main component of the danger here is that you don’t expect to slip in your own home – but a poorly secured rug can break that sense of security.