As Canadians, we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. Therefore, it only makes sense to keep our indoor environments (and, specifically, our homes!) as safe and healthy as possible. Here, we’ve put together a handy infographic of home safety tips that outlines ten common chemicals and pollutants that can enter our homes through food, air, water, dirt, or through consumer products. Refresh your understanding of these common hazards and breathe easier in your own space!
This year, Scout Environmental was proud to support Health Canada’s new “Healthy Home” resource, which compiles home safety tips and more specific guidelines for purchasing, handling, and disposing of a wide variety of chemicals and substances. This makes perfect sense for Scout, since many of our other programs provide valuable outreach and public awareness on household threats and environmental hazards, including radon gas (see our RadonWorkplaceChallenge.ca), carbon monoxide (visit DetecttoProtect.ca), mercury (read more at MercuryRoundup.ca), and, more generally, air quality (check out AirHealthCheck.ca).
As we explained back in this post, we also offered Health Canada support by taking the “Healthy Home” messaging across Ontario and B.C., offering home safety tips to Canadians face-to-face at seniors active living fairs, renovation and garden shows, public and family health expos, and early childhood resource events.
The following infographic is based on the wealth of information found at www.Canada.ca/Healthy-Home. If you’re looking for more in-depth advice on any substance listed here, more home safety tips, or on other common household hazards, we recommend visiting this URL or exploring other Health Canada resources.
If you’re like many Canadians, you’ll spend a major chunk of your time indoors (and when it’s -40 degrees in January and +40 degrees in August, we don’t blame you). Please share widely and use this as a springboard to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the often tasteless, odourless, and invisible world around you.