5 Common Household Products that Can be Dangerous

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Keeping a clean home is a priority for most people. These days, there is no limit to the number of cleaning products, home improvement products and kitchen essentials on the shelves to choose from. However, some of these products may be more harmful than they are good.

  1. Extension Cords: You will find at least one extension cord in just about every home in America. They are a great resource when working outdoors or if you’re nowhere near an electrical outlet, but in need of electricity. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these high-voltage cords are a huge fire hazard. Additionally, most people don’t replace their cords often so they tend to wear out, which makes them even more dangerous. Check your cords regularly for frays and try to minimize unsupervised use indoors.
  2. Flaking Paint: Older homes, even those built as late as the 70s, may have been painted using lead-based paints, which are extremely hazardous when they begin to flake. In fact, inhaling these particles can result in lead poisoning. It’s important to get paint tested for lead if you plan to repaint an older home.
  3. Mothballs: Although a common household item, these balls contain naphthalene that has been proven to destroy red blood cells and cause cancers in animals. Unfortunately, no evidence has been provided that this causes cancers in humans as well, so these products remain on the counter.
  4. Non-Stick Cookware: Non-stick pots and pans are convenient and allow for a mess-free cooking experience. However, these products contain polytetrafluoroethylene, which had been linked to cancer and other harmful health effects in humans.
  5. Toilet Bowl Cleaners: While a great way to keep toilets clean, toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive ingredients that can burn the skin and eyes. They are also very dangerous if mixed with other types of cleaners.

If you have concerns a product in your home has caused you or your family harm, it’s a good idea to talk with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available, so you will be back on your way in no time.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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