4 Tips for National Safety Month

This June is National Safety Month, which means it’s time to brush up on your safety knowledge and make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Most people think they’re safe in their own homes, but there may be secret hazards lurking where you least expect. Whether its dangerous medications, faulty building materials, or hazardous cleaning supplies, you need to make sure you know what dangers could be threatening you in your house.

Keep your home safe with these 4 safety tips in honor of National Safety Month this June:

1. Always Call a Professional for Serious Repairs

With DIY trends sweeping the nation, it can be difficult to justify calling in a professional when you think you can handle the repair yourself and save a buck. Doing minor fixes on your own is all well and good, but you should always call in a professional when you’re dealing with bigger issues. If, for example, you have a major plumbing issue, potential mold growth, unstable walls, or other similar problems, you should turn to the professionals.

2. Beware of Asbestos

Many homes, especially those built in the 1970’s or earlier, contain materials made from dangerous asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a natural fiber that, when inhaled, can irritate the lungs, leading to various lung diseases and cancers, like mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in construction materials for decades because of its fire-resistant properties until experts found that these materials were causing serious health problems when the fibers were stirred up. If someone in your household has been diagnosed with a lung disease or has exhibited symptoms, (including a chronic cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing), make sure you have your home checked for asbestos immediately. There are professional teams trained in asbestos removal who can safely clear your home of the dangerous, life-threatening material.

3. What Do You Bring Home?

Some jobs are more hazardous than others, even if you don’t know it. Individuals who work in factories, shipyards, or other industrial areas are often exposed to chemicals and hazardous materials that could cause serious health problems. Unfortunately, the worker may unknowingly bring the risk home by carrying certain contaminants in on their skin, in their hair, or on their clothing.

Benzene is one such chemical that is often found in factories and is used to help create plastics. It can also be found in paints and can put workers and their families at risk for serious forms of leukemia and lymphoma. Other dangerous materials include GranuFlo, NaturaLyte, vinyl chloride, and asbestos. Even though asbestos can be found in the home, it is more commonly found in auto shops, in shipyards, boiler rooms, and other industrial areas. Military members face an especially high risk of breathing in and bringing home asbestos fibers.

If you work in any of these professions, make sure you take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are exposed to these materials as little as necessary. Wear protective gear and always change your clothing before entering your home so as not to risk your family.

4. Dangerous Medications

Even though a doctor prescribes you a medication, it could still be hazardous to your health. If you notice any strange side effects after you begin taking a new drug, make sure you report it to your doctor immediately, as you could be suffering from a rare and serious side effect.

There are several different types of drugs out there that have since been recalled or released with serious warnings in order to inform doctors and consumers of the potentially dangerous or deadly risks. For example, statins, which are often prescribed to treat high cholesterol, have been linked to liver disease, kidney disease, muscle tissue damage, and can increase an individual’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Other dangerous drugs include Accutane, Fosamax, Yaz, Yasmin, ReNu contact lens solution, and Permax, to name a few. If you are currently taking any of these medications, consider the potential risks and consult with your doctor.

Keeping your home safe is extremely important, but sometimes there’s only so much you can do to prevent a serious accident. If you or someone you love has been harmed because of a dangerous contaminant, chemical, drug, or other material, make sure you take immediate action and discuss your situation with an attorney.

Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for help from our mesothelioma attorneys.

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