There’s nothing worse than getting sick with the flu or a stomach bug, but there’s little we can do to avoid them. Aside from frequently washing our hands and keeping our homes clean, we’re always at risk of contracting an illness. However, there are some basic measures you can use in your home to help safeguard your family against illness to the greatest extent possible.

Check your home for silent dangers

Most people aren’t aware that the reason they and their family are getting sick could be due to elements in their own homes. Here are a few things to look for to be sure your house isn’t the source of the problem:

  • Asbestos is a type of insulating material used in homes. It has since been discovered that being around it when the material begins to disintegrate is extremely dangerous since the particles can harm your lungs if breathed in. It’s also been connected to cancer and a variety of other lung problems, so have your home inspected!
  • Your cleaning chemicals could be causing you headaches, discomfort, and the fumes could be harmful to your lungs on their own. To avoid illness, try to keep things as natural as possible when tidying your home.
  • If your bedsheets aren’t cleaned regularly enough, they can cause skin irritation, and washing them too frequently can also irritate the skin. If you or a family member suffers from skin disorders, use non-biological washing powder instead, as it is less irritating.
  • Make sure your home doesn’t have any leaks that could lead to damp and mould growth. Mold-infested areas are a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing your chances of contracting an illness.
  • The bathroom is a major breeding ground for bacteria, so keep it as clean as possible to avoid getting sick.

Protect asthma sufferers

Because there are so many things that might provoke an asthma attack, asthma sufferers are frequently the most vulnerable when it comes to home-induced illnesses. To avoid any problems with asthmatic members of your family, make every effort to keep your home as dust-free as possible. This involves cleaning your vents, refrigerators, and vacuums on a regular basis. Remember to purchase a Hunter Air Purifier and keep it on hand in case you need it.

Keep your bin areas clean

It goes without saying that bin bags that are left exposed can attract flies, maggots and rats, not to mention other nosey wildlife looking for food. These animals can carry diseases and fleas that could affect your family’s health. Keep your exterior bins in a sealed container and regularly clean it out to avoid nasty smells, flies, maggots and rats making their way into the area. If you do find you’re struggling to keep them away, you can always call an exterminator to assess the problem.

Try these three suggestions in your home to keep you and your family healthy all year long. Always see your GP for medicines and treatment if you are feeling especially unwell.