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Common Household Items That Could Kill You
1. Household plants
They make look pretty, but plants are deceptively dangerous if you have children or pets running around the house. Popular varieties like daffodil, iris, lily of the valley, ivy, and even mistletoe are poisonous when consumed, according to the?National Capital Poison Center. They contain toxins or dangerous chemicals to protect themselves from insects, animals and yes, humans. So play it safe and keep em out of your home if you ve got curious pets or kiddos.
2. Gas Range
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious risk it s the leading cause of poisoning death, says the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it comes from your gas oven, car, space heater, or charcoal grills being left on too long (or forgetting to turn them off). Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that causes sudden illness or death, and is often detected when it s too late. Play it safe and install a?CO monitor?in your home so you re alerted if levels are getting dangerously high.?",2.jpg,Common Household Items That Could Kill You 3626,?Extension Cords,Not only are they a serious tripping hazard, but these cords also cause over 3,300 residential fires each year, which results in about 50 annual deaths, the?CDC reports. They re mostly caused by misuse or overloading the system, so just make sure that you, and your kids, are using them correctly and only on a temporary basis (rather than keeping every space packed at all times).
3. Electric Blankets
A report put together by the?National Center for Biotechnology information, revealed two incidences in which people died from heat stroke (their bodies reached temperatures of 105.8 and 106.2) because they were using these blankets.?Some even say?they can lead to cancer and reproductive problems, and while there s no solid scientific evidence to back up the claim, maybe just play it safe and add more layers to the bed when you re feeling chilly.
4. Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools
It s where you go to zen out and sneak some quiet time from the kids...and it s completely safe because of the chlorine. Right? Uhhh, not so fast. While you may think you have a squeaky clean pool, cryptosporidium a chlorine resistant parasite might be hanging out. A report in?Medical News Today?found the number in pools and hot tubs is increasing, and there were over a thousand cases of illness, hundreds of hospitalizations, and one death reported just in 2011 2012. Swimmers with diarrhea or a leaking bladder are the usual cause because the parasite lives and multiplies in your gut, according to?Slate. It enters the water when you have an, err, bathroom issue, someone else ingests it (all those times you accidentally swallowed water), then they excrete it, and the cycle continues. In other words, if you have any bathroom issues going on, keep everyone safe and stay out of the water.
5. Lint or Dryers
It s such an easy chore to do cleaning out the lint filter but let s be honest: sometimes we let it slide. That s a mistake, as failing to remove lint from the dryer is the leading cause of 2,900 annual dryer fires, which results in 100 injuries and 5 deaths each year, says the?U.S. Fire Administration. All the more reason to get back to good habits and clean the lint filter after each load of laundry (or before you start your next one), and remove lint from the vent pipe (the tube at the back of the machine that releases the hot air outside of your home) every three months.
Fashionable yes. Safe not always. This closet staple was the reason for two freak accidents, both involving a scarf getting tangled in machinery and resulting in death for the wearers. Sure, you probably don t?go kart?at home or have a?moving escalator?in your house, but the point is that these accessories can get caught in anything that moves, presenting safety issues throughout your home think blenders, garbage disposals, lawn mowers...you get the idea. Just remove the accessory before using those things to stay safe
It s not just this cramp reliever, but any medication with acetaminophen (APAP) Tylenol, Excedrin, Pamprin, Mucinex, Robitussin, Vicks that can be life threatening when you consume too much of it. Plenty of people use these medicines safely every day, but there are also approximately 500 deaths related to APAP overdoses each year, according to the?Clinical Liver Disease report. Large amounts of APAP can overwhelm the liver and cause liver damage, so to avoid overdosing the researchers say you shouldn t consume more than 3,000 mg per day.
The warning is right there on the label: Seek immediate medical help if you ingest toothpaste. If you consume too much, the overdose can cause stomach pain and intestinal blockage. But if the toothpaste contains fluoride, as most do these days, it gets far more serious convulsions, difficulty breathing, and heart attack (amongst other scary side effects), according to?Medline Plus. We re not suggesting that you avoid toothpaste (no one wants stinky breath), but make sure you and your children are using the designated pea sized amount, and thoroughly rinsing with each brush.
9. Air Conditioners
On a hot summer day, A/C saves the day. But when it s leaking, it s a setup for refrigerant poisoning, which can cause heart palpitations, seizures, and can cut off oxygen to your lungs and cells, ultimately causing death, says?Heathline. It s mostly?appliance repairers or installers?that are at risk for the poisoning because they re around these cooling devices all day, which work by using Freon, a refrigerant substance that transforms from a liquid to an odorless gas (it s responsible for keeping your fridge cool, too). But they have protocols in place to stay safe, so if you notice a leaky A/C, be sure to skip the DIY and call a professional to get it repaired.
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