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Home Safety Awareness

Home Safety Awareness
There is no place like home, a common phrase we often hear that make us feel at ease. Home is a place of comfort and safety. But like any other places, accidents may also happen at our very home.

Every victim or witness of a home accident would always say “I never saw it coming” or “If I knew that it would turn out like that…   I should not have… “

 It is common to us all that prevention is better than cure but the most important thing that we need to prevent accidents is awareness.

Right information is the key in avoiding all these possible accidents at home. Below are some potential treats at home that are just waiting to happen.

Mixing hot oil and water

 Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix, oil is less dense that water. When they are mix oil floats above water. It seems that nothing really happens if the two are mixed, but when temperature will be considered, this is where things become more interesting.

 If water comes in contact with hot oil, it causes the oil to splatter and may burn the person near it. When cooking, make sure that all ingredients are quiet dry before adding them to hot oil and keep your distance from the pan. (Unless you intentionally wanted to get burns)

Dangerous Mixture of Common Household Chemicals

 Bleach with Acid toilet Bowl Cleaners

This mixture results in toxic, potentially deadly fumes.

Bleach with Vinegar

Vinegar is a type of acid. Toxic chlorine vapor is produced. Don’t mix chlorine bleach with any acid.

Bleach with Ammonia

Toxic, potentially lethal vapors are produced. The main danger comes from chloramine vapors.

Different Brands of One Type of Product

Don’t mix different cleaners together. They may react violently, produce toxins, or become ineffective.

Highly Alkaline Products with Highly Acidic Products

Acids and bases (alkalis) can react violently, presenting a splash hazard. Acids and bases are caustic and may cause chemical burns.

Certain Disinfectants with Detergents

Don’t mix disinfectants with ‘quaternary ammonia’ listed as an ingredient with a detergent. The effectiveness of the disinfectant may be neutralized.

Read the labels of products in your home and following instructions for proper use. Many containers will state the most common dangers from interaction with other products.

Boiling water in microwave

One quick way to boil water is by using the microwave but doing so may cause water to heat too much. It might reach temperatures beyond 100 degrees Celsius and explode. It will likely happen if water is heated in a very clean cup or bowl, or more likely if the container is made of glass. To prevent this from happening, simply leave a non-metallic object in the cup or bowl when you microwave water, and do consider the time it stays there.

Carbon monoxide

We can’t see toxic gases, and most of the time they are odorless, so they can potentially kill before the victim even know it. The exhaust gas of a motor vehicle  (motorcycles, cars) is very lethal to human being.  It is not advisable for a person to stay in a garage with a car running and the exhaust is blowing into it because he might get suffocated by the gas and die. Carbon monoxide is a lethal poison. The common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

The list above may not be complete, if you have something to add in it, please feel free to post it in the comment section.

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