If you work with or around toxic materials or substances, you know you need to protect yourself from toxic exposure. But did you know that your family can also be at risk? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that you can unknowingly carry toxins with you on your clothing, shoes, even your hair or skin. Once in your home, they can disperse throughout it, putting your family at risk of illness.
This type of toxic exposure, known as take-home toxic exposure, poses a substantial risk to your family’s health. Unfortunately, your children are most at risk because they tend to put things in their mouths. In addition, your very young children crawl around the floor where toxins can hide in carpeting, rugs and the dust that inevitably accumulates.
The most common types of toxins you are likely to bring into your home include the following:
Lead constitutes an especially dangerous substance for your children. It can cause them brain damage. It can likewise grievously harm your unborn child if you or your spouse is pregnant.
Your best interests and those of your family dictate that you take the following precautions if you work around toxic substances:
The cleaner you keep your home, the less likelihood your family will suffer from take-home toxic exposure.