10 Tips to Reduce Household Dangers for People With COPD
If you have COPD, you know that smoking or being around secondhand smoke can make your condition worse. Keeping your home smoke-free helps. But other COPD triggers may be lurking around your house, as well. Read on to learn about these common household hazards—and how to sidestep them.
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Many health, cleaning, and beauty products come in aerosol cans. These may emit chemicals linked to respiratory problems. Whenever possible, opt for pump sprays or lotions instead.
Mold is a danger to respiratory health. Prevent mold by keeping your
kitchen and bathroom well-ventilated. Seal your basement from water
leaks. And make sure indoor humidity levels stay between 30% and 50%.
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Harmful chemicals may be found in several household items—from paint
and pesticides to car exhaust. Whenever possible, reduce or eliminate
them. Don’t let your car idle in the garage. Remove air fresheners, and
keep your house well-ventilated.
In addition to maintaining a smoke-free house, you may need to put out
the flames in your hearth, as well. Avoid using the fireplace. If you
do, consider switching from firewood to gas logs. And make sure the fireplace is properly ventilated.
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Although keeping your house clean is important, cleaning supplies can be
full of toxic chemicals. Products containing volatile organic compounds—as well as ammonia, bleach, and even some fragrances—can be
harmful. Instead, clean with natural ingredients like baking soda, or
vinegar and water.