We spend a lot of time indoors, so it's important to ensure our homes are safe and healthy places to live.
Learning how to safely use the products in your home can help you avoid potential health risks. Health risks can also be present in the air, water or soil in and around your home. They can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin.
In this section you'll find information on health risks that may be present in your home, their potential health impacts, and how you can reduce exposure to these hazards.
You can also report an incident involving a consumer product.
Measuring your exposure to chemicals
Chemicals are everywhere: in air, soil, water, products, and food. Every day, Canadians are exposed to a number of chemicals that can enter the body through eating, breathing, or skin contact.
The safety of triclosan
Triclosan is an ingredient used in a number of cosmetics and personal care products to stop the growth of bacteria, fungus, and mildew, and to prevent odours. It is also used as a preservative in textiles, leather, paper, plastic, and rubber materials.
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Hazards in your home
Canadians spend a great deal of time indoors. That's why it's important to make sure our homes are safe and healthy places to live.
Avoid second-hand smoke
The best way to protect your family from the health effects of second-hand smoke is to quit smoking and make your home and car 100% smoke-free.
Keep carbon monoxide out of your home
Each year, Canadians die or become ill because of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Protect your family by following these safety tips and installing CO detectors in your home.
Reduce humidity, moisture and mould
Dampness is one of the most common causes of poor indoor air in homes, classrooms and public spaces, because moisture promotes the growth of mould and dust mites.
Take the home health quiz
Test your knowledge of common home health hazards in this five-question, five-minute quiz!
Testing your home for radon
Radon is a colourless, odourless gas that can seep undetected into your home and cause lung cancer. Protect your family by testing your home for radon!
Use paint strippers safely
When it comes to removing old paint, paint strippers are fast acting, versatile and easy to use. But paint strippers contain chemicals that can harm your health if not used properly.
Use household chemicals safely
You probably use many chemical products in and around your home. Chemicals can be dangerous and cause burns, fires, poisonings and explosions.
Electric and magnetic fields from power lines and electrical appliances
Every time you use electricity and electrical appliances, you are exposed to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) at extremely low frequencies (ELFs). The term "extremely low" is described as any frequency below 300 hertz.
Garden and lawn
Dealing with lawn problems
Learn to manage pest problems by following integrated pest management (IPM) principles. IPM emphasizes prevention, and finding the most effective, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective way to manage a pest problem.
Maintaining a lawn
Keep your lawn healthy using good maintenance practices. Grow a healthy lawn by properly fertilizing, liming, aerating, mowing, topdressing, overseeding, and watering.
Understanding your lawn's lifecycle
To have a healthy lawn, it helps to understand the nature of the different elements in your lawn, and how these elements work together.
Pots, pans and other cookware are made from a variety of materials that can enter the food that we cook in them. Most of the time it is harmless, but you should be more careful with some materials.
Cell phones and cell phone towers
The radiofrequency (RF) energy given off by cell phones and cell phone towers is like the energy used in AM/FM radio and TV broadcasts signals. Although exposure to RF energy from wireless devices poses no confirmed health risks, there are practical measures you can use to reduce your exposure.
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