For parents, there is no greater joy than having a family. They go the extra mile to do the small things for their loved ones. Nothing will stop parents from caring, nurturing and providing their families with the support they need.

But how does a parent protect their family or their home from something that can be difficult to detect or predict? Some environmental forces exist that can overpower or even elude parents, no matter how alert or prepared they are. 

In order to overcome and outsmart these environmental forces, parents must stay informed, be proactive and protective. The good thing is parents have a natural instinct to be protective, sometimes even overprotective, which isn’t a bad thing, especially in situations such as these. 

Mold Infestation

One of the most common silent environmental hazards is mold infestation. Mold can linger in walls, under floors and grow rather quickly. Three methods exist for identifying mold within homes:

  1. Inspection:  If a parent is ever unsure, but wants to be safe, then calling a certified mold remover to inspect the household is a great option.
  2. Look for Symptoms:  If someone in the household has flu-like symptoms, irritated and itchy eyes, or constant headaches then they are experiencing early mold sickness. However, this could be the actual flu or a cold. To identify it as mold sickness, observe the family member and see if he or she only experiences these symptoms while at home. Since mold is an environmental sickness, the family member will feel fine while away from home, but sick while at home.
  3. Moisture Detector:  A moisture detector is a great way to catch mold before it occurs and grows into something dangerous. If a pipe leaks, for instance, then this alarm system will notify the household of the problem, allowing for prevention of mold altogether. 

Carbon Monoxide Leak

Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. It can be brought into a home in several ways; a gas leak from an appliance, burning charcoal and smoking. The same methods for identifying mold exist for identifying carbon monoxide, as well.

  1. Inspection:  Same as before, call a professional.
  2. Symptoms:  Symptoms for carbon monoxide poisoning, include fatigue, headaches and nausea. Prolonged exposure can lead to more serious health issues, including brain damage or even death if untreated.
  3. Carbon Monoxide Detector:  A carbon monoxide alarm system alerts a homeowner of a leak. Upon notification, evacuate and call 911 or a professional.

Fire Hazards

Younger families that have small children tend to have messy homes. This is inevitable as a family, unless one of the parents is a stay-at-home parent. Having children means having more toys, clutters and responsibility. While tending to their children, parents may miss or forget some safety concerns that shouldn’t be overlooked.

  1. Tidy Surroundings:  Keeping the house tidy is a safe way to prevent fires, while even allowing for safer evacuations if a fire does occur. I know this may be difficult for some, due to lack of time, but the less messy a home, the less fire hazards there will be. That means no stacks of paper sitting around, no piles of wires overloading circuits and certainly no overflowing lint traps.
  2. Fire & Smoke Alarm Systems:  Many people lose track of time and forget to change the batteries to these alarm systems, which is unfortunate because they save lives. I strongly urge to test and change the batteries on these alarms, which should be done twice a year.

It is important for parents and families as a whole to work together to safe in their homes and identify potential environmental hazards that can lead to severe health concerns. After all, a healthy home is the foundation for a healthy family. Parents want to see their children and loved ones grow and learn. This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for a healthy environment to do it in. 

Samuel Ott: Writer and Outreach Assistant for Nightwatch Security, premier home alarm system providers in Sedalia, MO. Their website can be found here,

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