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Six Ways Your Home Can Kill You

Submitted by Cody on July 25, 2010 – 11:08 amNo Comment
Six Ways Your Home Can Kill You

Hopefully, you feel like your home is a safe haven and sanctuary – after all, if you can’t feel safe in your own home, where can you feel safe?  This is probably why it’s so horrific when our homes turn against us.  In reality, a home can be a deadly monster that can kill us in countless different ways!  Here are just a few of them.

  • Out of Control Electrical Currents – Deaths resulting from electricity related injuries cause about 500 to 1000 deaths per year in the US alone! Whether it’s exposed and faulty outlets or frayed extension cords, electricity is a serious in-home danger.
  • Deadly Gases – These have to be one of the scariest things you face in your home – odorless gas than can kill you while you are sleeping.  Probably the most common deadly gas you may encounter is carbon-monoxide gas generated from appliances like your furnace.  Investing in a carbon-monoxide detector is undoubtedly in your best interest.
  • Toxic Molds – That stinky and rotten smell in your house might not be your dirty clothes hamper – it could very well be toxic mold.  Every home has certain levels of mold spores; a large enough build up of these spores can cause respiratory problems, and eventually death.  That is why it is important to regularly have your home checked for mold.
  • Collapsing Decks – The idea of dying in a deck collapse might seem farfetched, but it really does happen!  If your deck is constantly in a state of deterioration, it is in your best interest to get it worked on.
  • Lead Poisoning – Even though lead based paint was banned in 1978 for residential home use, homes built before 1960 still commonly have lead paint remnants.   High levels of lead exposure can cause coma, convulsions, and even death.  Here’s some advice on how to handle and avoid lead related problems.
  • Methane Gas – This is without a doubt one of the crappiest ways your home can kill you (pun intended).  An over-abundance of methane gas doesn’t just give your home a poopy smell, it means that something as simple as a water heater’s pilot light can cause the gas to combust.  If you smell sewage-like odors in your home, DON’T just ignore it.   Less deadly symptoms of methane gas are better explained here.

Luckily, all these dangers have one thing in common – they are preventable.  Whooknoo my home would ever want to kill me?

Has your home tried to kill you? If so, share your story in the comments section below. The contributor with the best narrowly-escaped-death story will win a one year supply of awe and respect from everyone who reads it….

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