9 Health Hazards Right In Your Own Backyard

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Drowning is a real threat, especially for young children. However, you can also be poisoned by the chemicals in it. Nearly 5,000 people were sent to the emergency room last year due to chemical poisoning from over-treated pools, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Why? Pool chemicals can lead to chronic overexposure to certain toxins, especially in hot tubs, where the water is vaporized and inhaled. Hot tubs also open up your pores, allowing chemicals to seep directly into your body.

To stay safer, follow CDC recommendations for treating your pool, or use an ionization system to clean the pool while avoiding most chemicals.

Grass

Pesticides and other chemicals in grass can rub into your skin (and your children’s, and your pets’). It can also contaminate your water supply.

The problem? Exposure to pesticides has been linked to increased cancer, as well as the disruption of hormones that could cause thyroid problems or infertility.

The solution? Investigate pesticide-alternatives, for a healthy lawn and a healthy you.

Decks

Decks that aren’t regularly water-proofed can lead to warped wood and an increased risk of falls.

Inspect your deck every spring, and look for splits and cracks. Also, pay extra attention to the ledger board, which is the place where the deck attaches to the house — it can often be very susceptible to water damage. Inspect your deck for splits and cracks, as these are signs that moisture has gotten in.

Water

Even the smallest amount of standing water can make mosquitoes feel welcome. When this happens, say hello to itchy bites—and even infections such as West Nile virus. Regularly check any water containers in your backyard, including buckets and plastic covers, and dump any water you find in there. Also change the water in birdbaths and fountains regularly.

Grills

Grills can be fire hazards in a number of ways:

Not disposing of warm coals safely. Soak warm coals in cold water, and then place them in a noncombustible metal can for safe disposal.

Choosing the wrong spot to set your grill. According to the National Fire Protection Association, charcoal grills next to combustibles, such as wooden decks, the side of your house, plants and tree branches, are leading causes of BBQ fires.

Scattering ash residue on grass. Dispose of grill-related trash immediately in appropriate, noncombustible containers.

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