Common Things in Your Home That Are Actually Really Dangerous
Things like heights, sharks, spiders and clowns are common fears. But did you know some of the most dangerous things out there could be right in your home? We’re not saying there’s a scary clown hiding in your closet, but some of the most common household items are actually really dangerous.
Check out this list to find out 30 seemingly innocent things in your house that could potentially harm you.
Teens are always up for a good dare. Even better if you can film that dare, put it up on YouTube and have it go viral! So, in 2017 a new challenge craze emerged that involved Tide Pods. The brightly colored packets of laundry detergent became the target of teens everywhere, with kids challenging each other to eat them. Yes, eat them. As you can probably guess, this is not the best idea.
People love their modern-day appliances. They’re convenient to use and help get things done fast. Your dryer is definitely among those modern conveniences. While your dryer may eliminate the need to hang dry everything (with the added bonus of fluffy and soft towels), dryers can actually be quite dangerous.
Most people have a drawer in their home dedicated to batteries of all sizes. After all, how else would we power our TV remotes? (And what would we do without television?) While batteries may seem harmless, the acid inside them is actually extremely corrosive.
Another potentially harmful convenience is the extension cord. Extension cords make it easy to plug things in from afar, and with all the appliances in homes today, plugging things in has become an essential part of home living. But these cords pose a huge tripping hazard.
Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools
What’s more lavish than having a hot tub or swimming pool in your own backyard? Hot tubs are perfect to help you relax after a long day, and a swimming pool provides hours of fun and exercise. As a good pool owner, you probably take the time to clean it, scrub it down and use chlorine to kill bacteria. So, you’re safe, right? Wrong.
Scarves are fashionable, go with many outfits and keep your neck warm. But they may not be as safe as you think. In fact, a scarf was responsible for a freak accident in 2012 when an 18-year-old girl was strangled to death while on a Go-Kart.
Flat-screen TVs made their debut in the ‘60s, but they didn’t gain popularity until the ‘80s. Since then, old box style TVs have essentially become obsolete. Why wouldn’t you buy a thin TV that takes up much less room? If you have little kids, the same flat-screen that delivers your high-def shows could be a danger in your home.
If you don’t have an air conditioner in your home, a ceiling fan is the next best thing. But like other conveniences on this list, ceiling fans also pose a risk. If they become loose or detached from the ceiling, they could actually fall.
People use toothpaste everyday to keep their teeth clean and breath smelling minty fresh, but most have probably never stopped to read the label. If you have taken the time to check out the back of your tube, you’ll see there are some serious warnings. It instructs you to seek immediate medical attention if ingested.
Odds are that you played hide and seek as a child and know the best hiding places were quiet, dark and hard to access. This, of course, made storage chests some of the best places to hide. Unfortunately, this prime hiding spot also makes storage chests really dangerous for young children.
Your air conditioning unit is a blessing on hot, long summer days. However, they can turn into a real nightmare if they’re leaking. Units that leak refrigerant are very harmful and can poison you. The chemical used to cool the air conditioner is called fluorinated hydrocarbon, better known as “Freon.” This chemical is an odorless gas, so chances are you’re not going to know it’s leaking.
Magnets are often found on your refrigerator holding up important papers or prized artwork. They could also be cast aside in your junk drawer. Either way, everyone has magnets in their homes, but it’s the smaller magnets (especially the round ones) that pose a dangerous choking hazard.
Flea and Tick Products
Flea and tick medication may keep Fido and Kitty itch-free, but they’re harmful to humans if ingested. These medicines work because of pesticides in the ingredients that help get rid of the bugs. But if you’re keeping these medicines in your home, they could be within reach of young humans.
Non-stick pans make cooking and the subsequent clean up quick and easy, but the material that makes the pans non-stick may not be so good for you. Non-stick pots and pans are coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, or Teflon. While this chemical makes cooking an omelet a breeze, it could also be emitting cancer-causing chemicals.
Like flea and tick products, mothballs are meant to kill unwanted pests. Naphthalene is the active ingredient in mothballs, which is essentially a pesticide. Exposure to naphthalene can wreak havoc on your red blood cells and is said to cause kidney damage and even cancer. It can disrupt the way blood carries oxygen to your vital organs, like your brain and heart.
Air fresheners can help make your home smell good and give off a refreshing scent that’s long-lasting. Plus, they can aid in masking smells for a more – ahem – discrete bathroom break. But those nice smells don’t come without their drawbacks.
After baking that lasagna everyone raved about, you’re left with a lot of praise, but you may also be left with a big mess. Splattered food and caked on grease needs to be cleaned off your oven. If you’re working with just soap and water, you might have a hard time getting caked-on messes out of your oven.
Furniture Polish and Stain
Oil-based furniture polish and stains make your wood furniture look shiny and new. Coupled with the softness of an old cloth, furniture polish can make an old, drab piece of furniture sparkle like new. But they are also extremely flammable, making them dangerous to have in the home.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Like oven cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner is also very corrosive and full of chemicals. If you want a sparkling clean bowl, a toilet-specific cleaner is the way to go. Most toilet bowl cleaners make claims that they kill up to 99 percent of germs, but they don’t do that using natural products.
If your home was built in the late ‘70s or earlier, that paint job on your house could actually be harming you. Older homes were often painted using lead-based paints. The bad news? If lead is built up in the body over time, it could lead to lead poisoning.
Mold spores can be anywhere, and those who are sensitive to damp, dingy spaces are much more susceptible to getting sick when exposed to mold. Mold can cause throat irritation, coaching, wheezing and nasal issues; but for those with lung illnesses, mold can be even more harmful.
What would we do without modern advances like Tylenol? Lots of people have a habit of reaching for those little white pills any time there’s an ache or pain. Why? Because they work. Oftentimes, they are taken without a second thought.
With the population rising and space running out, it only makes sense to start building houses up. Stairs make accessing upper and lower floors easy, but they can also be a danger. In fact, an estimated 12,000 people fall down stairs and die each year.
Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish remover allows you to change your nail color as often as you change your clothes. But in order to remove the strong lacquer painted on our nails, the polish remover has to be strong. (It goes without saying that nail polish remover isn't made up of water and flower essence). Most are made using acetone, a toxic chemical that works well, but can be fatal if swallowed.
Candles are often used for their lovely fragrance and ambience. They can also set the mood for a relaxing evening or a meditation practice. But with all the wonderful benefits of candles they still make our list because they are, well, flammable.
Light bulbs are another everyday item that most people have in their homes. Light bulbs are used to power our lamps and lights, allowing people to read, watch Netflix or just chill. But there's actually a correct bulb for every light and using the wrong one can not only create the wrong kind of lighting, but it can actually cause a fire.
Most people know how to properly store weapons safely in their home, but what about power tools? While not a loaded gun, power tools can be equally as dangerous if left unattended and within reach of young children. Not only that, but power tools often emit sparks or flying fragments that can harm or injure your eyes or other body parts.
Who doesn't love a real Christmas tree? It's the ultimate festive decor and smells just like … Christmas. Nothing is more synonymous with the start of the holiday season than the piney smell of Christmas trees. And while real trees beat out fake ones any day of the week, it's the real ones that are at risk of catching on fire.
In colder temperatures, a furnace can be your best friend. It can help you beat the bitter cold and keep your home warm and toasty throughout the winter. But like everything else on this list, furnaces can pose a great danger.
Most don't give much thought to the thin cords that control blinds. Usually somewhat tucked away, the cords are just there. But curious little hands can easily get to these cords. And unfortunately, their little heads can fit and get entangled in the cords, too.