11 Tips for a healthier home by Lisa Waananen and Chris Bovey
Imported toys occasionally contain lead. Also be careful with family heirlooms and antiques.
Fireplaces are a major source of indoor pollution if not vented properly to the outdoors.
Cooking food is a huge source of indoor air pollution, especially with gas stoves. Always turn on the range hood.
Asbestos was commonly used in home construction. Make sure it is not disturbed or damaged.
Almost every home built before 1940 has leadbased paint somewhere. Make sure itâ€™s not flaking or turning to dust.
Be mindful of hobbies like welding, furniture refinishing and gardening. Wash contaminated clothing separately.
The Inland Northwest is known for having high levels of radon. Test the basement, where concentrations are highest.
Use environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning supplies to keep caustic chemicals out of your home. Turn on a fan or open a window while cleaning.
Watch for soil contaminants, like lead paint flaking off from the house. Donâ€™t grow vegetables in suspect soil.
Water from a private well should be tested annually for bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants.
Watch for leaks and condensation, which can make an inviting environment for mold.
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