The Doctors reveal potential hazards in your home and how to avoid them.
Home Health Hazards
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears review potential hazards in your home and how to avoid them.
Eric shares sound advice for around-the-house projects.
Tips for Using a Ladder:
• Apply the 4-to-1 rule: For every 4 feet the ladder reaches, position the ladder outward by 1 foot
• Whenever ascending or descending the ladder, place both hands on the rungs
• Always face the rungs
• Don't climb above the top three rungs of a ladder
• Keep your torso centered -- don't lean to the right or left of the ladder
• Wear appropriate footwear, such as work boots or treaded shoes
• Never leave an erected ladder unattended
Natural Gas and Propane Dangers
In case of an earthquake, Eric cautions, never light a candle or a fire of any kind. Earthquakes or other natural disasters may shake natural or propane gas pipes loose, and a spark of any kind could ignite a fire or explosion. Instead, use a flashlight!
Make sure your children know what natural gas smells like. Contact your local gas company for a free scratch-and-sniff pamphlet that contains the universalized smell of natural gas.
"If you smell natural gas, call the gas company and get out of the house," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
"Absolutely," Eric adds. "Don't try to fix it yourself. Let the professionals take care of it."
• Learn more fire safety tips.
Have you ever seen signs on buildings that warn about chemicals that can cause birth defects, cancer and other health issues? Learn what to do if you are warned about chemical exposure.
Testing for lead at home can prevent symptoms of lead poisoning from occurring. If you or a family member experiences the following symptoms, ask your doctor to perform a clinical lead test.
• Loss of appetite
• Abdominal pain
• Paleness from low hemoglobin levels
• Learning difficulties
• Developmental delay
• Growth delay
(Courtesy of AskDrSears.com)