In our daily lives, we come into contact with numerous substances that could potentially harm our health. Some of these substances, called carcinogens, are commonly found right in our own homes and are known to cause cancer. Let’s briefly consider where you may find some of these substances in your home:
Radon is one problem found in many homes that with prolonged exposure to high levels has been linked to lung cancer. Conducting radon tests can help mitigate this risk.
Formaldehyde, commonly found in household items like furniture, adhesives, and even clothing, can release harmful fumes. These fumes have been associated with an increased risk of respiratory and blood cancers. Opting for formaldehyde-free products can help reduce exposure.
Benzene, a chemical often present in indoor air due to tobacco smoke, vehicle emissions, and some household products, is a known carcinogen. Minimize exposure by maintaining smoke-free indoor space.
Proper ventilation is key to reducing the concentration of indoor air pollutants. Regularly opening windows and using exhaust fans can help circulate fresh air and decrease the buildup of harmful substances.
If you are concerned about carcinogens in your home, try to choose household products labeled as “low VOC”, or “VOC-free.” These products release fewer harmful chemicals into the air.
Did you know that certain indoor plants, such as snake plants and spider plants, can help improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants? They act as natural air purifiers, contributing to a healthier living environment, so you may want to think about adding a few more of these plants into your living space.
Yes, while we all strive to create a safe and healthy home, the brief steps we’ve mentioned can help to reduce your risk of exposure to household carcinogens.