We all know that some of the products we use everyday can be dangerous in the wrong situation. This includes if your kids or pets accidentally consume them or if they are released improperly into the environment. Read along to see the top 10 most common biomedical hazards that you may have in your home.
- Garden Products (Round-Up). The chemicals in pesticides and herbicides that prevent weed growth and plant damage are toxic to more than just weeds and bugs. Fertilizer runoff harms waterways and concentrated fertilizer harms us. Various cancers have been linked to increases and sustained fertilizer use.
- Aerosol Cans. These cans are volatile and can explode if they are heated or punctured. In addition, the scent from spraying has been known to trigger asthma and other respiratory disorders.
- Oven Cleaners. The chemicals in oven cleaners are corrosive alkalis. Because of this, they can cause damage to our gastrointestinal system.
- Bleach cleans well because it oxidizes. Powerful oxidizers can burn our skin and are extremely harmful if ingested.
- Antibacterial Soap. Antibiotic resistant bacteria is one of the biggest health risks of the 21st Antibiotic soap is an unnecessary part of handwashing. If you must purchase a similar handsoap, use antimicrobial which targets only harmful bacteria.
- Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs – While these bulbs are great for energy reduction, they contain mercury. Therefore, care needs to be taken when they are broken and they should never be thrown in the trash. You need to use certain absorbers to gather the mercury and they need to be taken to a safe disposal center.
- Plastic Bags – Did you know that only 2 percent of plastic bags are recycled? They are not biodegradable and very harmful to sea life. In addition, they can lead to accidental suffocation.
- Laundry Soap Packets – The new laundry and dish soap packets reduce waste and are more effective in cleaning. However, they are also colorful and squishy. This makes them very tempting to children and pets alike. These should always be stored high and out of the reach of children.
- As harmless as they sound, mothballs contain dangerous chemicals. The most dangerous chemical they contain is called naphthalene. This chemical has been linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, surface irritation, and lysis of red blood cells. Mothballs are also the perfect size and shape to appeal to little children and babies. An alternative product to mothballs is cedar chips.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Toilet bowl cleaner works great. However, similar to oven cleaners, they contain corrosive alkalis. These can cause severe and quick burns when they come in contact with our skin or eyes. If ingested, they can also burn our throat and esophagus.
Because these items are potentially dangerous, it is a good idea to use sparingly, avoid buying, and dispose of properly. The right action to take will depend on the product.
Author Bio:Tigran is the owner of Glycon Los Angeles, a medical waste disposal company. On his free time, he enjoys blogging and writing articles to help house owners to properly dispose their medical waste.