Carbon monoxide, pesticides, solvents, gasoline, propane, fertilizers, radon, fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, lead paint, asbestos, water contamination, harmful plastics, recalled products, formaldehyde, pools and matches. The list of potential hazards in the home goes on and on and is half the genesis for my blog on home safety, health and environment.
The other half of my blog genesis is my career. Iíve seen firsthand how devastating injuries can be. Imagine not being able to use a computer because the pain in your wrists is so debilitating. What would you do for a career in this day and age of the computer? Professionally, Iíve dedicated my life to preventing injuries in the workplace.
My goal here is to use my expertise to educate individuals and families and help them to take small steps to make their homes safer, healthier and greener. Why do I believe this is valuable?
People die unnecessarily every year because simple safety precautions are unknown, overlooked or ignored. According to the Home Safety Council every year nearly 20,000 people are fatally injured and more than 20 million people require medical care for home injuries. Homes with infants, young children and elderly individuals are particularly vulnerable.
Hazards can be hard to identify.
I wouldnít necessarily look at the window drapery or blind cords in a personís house and think “danger,” but these items are listed as one of the Top Five Hidden Home Hazards by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many common household items pose hidden hazards.
It can be hard to make the right choices.
We live in a fast paced world. Companies race to introduce new products that will make our lives ďbetter,Ē sometimes with little regard for product safety. Itís not always easy to know what is safe, healthy or green, and many of the products that are supposed to make our lives better end up causing more harm than good.
Through my blog, Iíll teach you what to look out for and prevention methods to keep your family safe. Iíll help you sort through the confusion and pick the safest products to use in the home, and Iíll explore ideas that are good for your home as well as the planet.
So tip No. 1, keep reading this blog and create a Safe Sweet Home.