This Thing In Your Home is Secretly Killing You

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Home, we are told, is where the heart is. It’s the place you return to after you’ve
navigated the crime-strewn streets, driven miles down potentially hazardous highways
and traffic-congested roads where statistically you have a decent chance of getting into an
accident at least once in your lifetime. Home is your safe-haven, your delightful patch
of personal peace and quiet, the place you can unwind, relax, scratch your backside,
pick your nose and melt in front of the TV and expect nothing bad to happen. So, it might be surprising to you that this
center of security is riddled with hidden dangers lying in wait as you twist your key
into that trusted lock. Today we’ll look closely at those dangers,
in this episode of the Infographics Show, Things in Your Home That Are Secretly Killing
You. 20. Household Plants
Bet you didn’t know that some plants that people regularly keep in the home are dangerous
if eaten. Ok, so you don’t generally go about eating
your house plants, but young kids might, or older kids who are acting silly to impress
their friends. Chow down on some daffodil and according to
The Center of Poison Control you are going to get sick. That’s because they contain a toxin called
alkaloid lycorine. Eating a Rhododendron could be life-threatening,
and if the kids decide to see what that Christmas mistletoe tastes like they are going to get
ill. There is a long list of house plants that
might bring down your curious kid or pose a mortal danger to your deranged dog, so check
out what plants you are putting in your house. At number 20, this is the least of your worries. Things are going to get worse. 19. Mold
Sometimes we see mold and take our time doing something about it. In 2013, there were reports that an actress
called Brittany Murphy and her screenwriter husband Simon Monjack both died mysteriously. Investigators said that the killer could have
been mold that had damaged the couple’s respiratory systems. The CDC tells us mold can cause all kinds
of damage, including giving you liver cancer and lung damage. If that goes on too long, the ending could
be you in a brand new coffin. Damn, you should have gotten rid of that old
mold. 18. Gas
Your stove, fireplace, grill, and furnace could be killing you slowly and you wouldn’t
know a thing. That’s because if carbon monoxide is leaking
you wouldn’t be able to smell it. One day you might just get a headache, feel
a bit nauseous, get a bit confused, and then it might suddenly be game over. The CDC tell us that 400 Americans die each
year from carbon monoxide poisoning and 20,000 more end up in the emergency room, with 4,000
of them having a long-stay in the hospital. In 2018, two people died and another five
people were hospitalized in London, UK, after carbon monoxide leaked from what was suspected
to be a faulty boiler. This really is the silent killer. 17. Blankets
It’s been reported that people’s heated electric blankets might be giving them cancer. But it gets worse. Only recently a woman in the USA burned to
death after her warm cover started a fire. Ok, so you think that won’t happen to you. But listen to this, the National Institute
of Health in the USA wrote a paper on how electric blankets had killed people through
heat-stroke. Maybe you should take a hot water bottle to
bed with you instead. 16. AC
So, you are now thinking about throwing that electric blanket away and musing over other
ways to stay warm through the winter. Well, summer can be a bummer, too, as your
AC might end your life. Healthline tells us that a faulty AC could
cause refrigerant poisoning, which means too much fluorinated hydrocarbon – the stuff
that is used to make you cool – leaking out of your AC. Like with carbon monoxide, you wouldn’t
know that’s happening. Has this happened? Well, Google it and you will find out. The Indian media reports that a leaking AC
took out a family of three this year. 15. Keeping the pool clean
Lots of research has been done into something referred to DBPs. These are the disinfectant by-products that
come from the chemicals we use to clean our pools. Scientists in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands,
Spain and the US concluded that these DBPs could cause asthma, which you might be able
to handle. If ingested, though, there is also a risk
of bladder cancer. The researchers did note though that the exposure
could have come from elsewhere, such as bathing with chlorinated tap water. 14. Lead
This is likely only related to people living in older houses, as we now know the dangers
of lead paint. Still, many people live in old houses. The Mayo Clinic tells us what could happen
if you are exposed to even small amounts of lead-based paint. “Children younger than 6 years are especially
vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be
fatal.” Maybe you should investigate what is coloring
your walls. The list of symptoms is a very long one, and
also quite scary. You might not die, but you could see your
IQ getting lower, go deaf, or start writhing around on the floor in a fit of seizures. 13. Extension cords
This is not so much of a silent killer, but a killer nonetheless. The CDC reports that about 4,000 Americans
end up in the hospital each year because they have simply tripped over one of these electrical
snakes, and that mostly results in fractures, sprains, and of course a red face. Kids meanwhile, under five anyway, sometimes
treat these things as candy sticks and bite into them. That can cause nasty burns to the face. In that same report it was stated that 50
people died as a result of these harmless-looking cords causing house fires. 12. Lint
Oh, what the fluff, don’t tell us lint is dangerous! It can be if you let it build up in your dryer. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that
each year around 2,900 fires occur because of lint build-up in the dryer. That causes around $35 million of property
damage, 100 injuries and five deaths. You’ll never look at lint the same again. 11. TV
We’ll start with this headline from May 2018. “TV falls on, kills 4-year-old boy in Orange
County home, deputies say.” Yes, falling TVs are a problem, and cause
thousands and thousands of injuries to small kids each year. If you have kids around, you really have to
make sure your TV is securely mounted or fastened onto something. You might leave little Billy for just a few
seconds as you answer the door and the next thing you know he’s been crushed under a
repeat season of America’s Funniest Home Videos. 10. Mothballs
These are the things that protect your clothes from moths and other hungry insects. You might not know about naphthalene, which
is a human carcinogen. Even inhaling this stuff can give you cancer,
but on the bright side it might just give your kids neurological damage. The National Institutes of Health says poisoning
is rare, but if it happens you might suffer nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and or diarrhea. In a worst case scenario it might lead to
convulsions, coma and death. 9. A poor range hood
Back to carbon dioxide but with a little nitrogen dioxide. “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
would say we don’t have a carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide problem in this country…We
absolutely do have that problem. It’s just happening indoors,” said one
doctor talking about how Americans are being exposed to way too many pollutants. He said the hoods above your cooking station
just might not be good enough, or not work well enough, and this is leading to too much
indoor pollution. That might mean respiratory problems coming
your way and also loss of lung function. 8. Ovens
The deadly oven, but this time it’s what’s you clean it with. We are told that too much exposure to normal
oven cleaners can put you in bad way. You’ve got to swallow it, though, which
is unlikely. But if you do, you might expect stomach ache
at best. Worst case is organ damage and possibly death. Clean with care. 7. Hot Tub
If you google hot tub death you can find plenty of people who have drowned in one. It shouldn’t be hard to not go under the
water for too long, but it seems it happens. But that’s not the silent killer, heat is. The American Journal of Physics tells us that
overheating can happen. This is why, according to the journal, “When
there is an increase in the fraction of the blood that flows to the skin, the fraction
available to other organs will decrease. A decreased flow to the brain can cause unconsciousness
or death.” Don’t let yourself get too hot in the tub. 6. Non-stick pans
It’s much easier cooking when your eggs don’t get massacred ‘cos they stuck to
the pan, but non-stick pans can cause their own problems. These pans might be covered with Teflon, which
is heat resistant plastic. That can release perfluorooctanoic acid, which
has been known to kill birds. Your pet parrot might get “Teflon toxicosis”
as you are frying up an 8oz steak. Teflon’s creator, DuPont, has said illness
may only happen to humans if they grossly overheat the pan. Still, if it kills birds it’s likely not
great for you. 5. Chimney
“Aright squire, fancy getting yer chimney swept?” Back in th e day the chimney sweeps of the
UK had one of the most dangerous jobs ever known to mankind. Thankfully, these days we don’t send 12
year olds down dangerous flues. But chimneys are still dangerous if they get
blocked. That happened in the USA in 2015 when three
kids died from carbon monoxide poisoning because their house’s chimney hadn’t been cleaned. An official called it “a catastrophic failure
of a flue pipe.” 4. The couch
Yes, your couch is a killer. In fact, it might be the biggest killer on
this list, but for more indirect reasons. That is, you sit on the damned thing too much;
glued to the couch, glued to the TV, with a coke and double-dipped chocolate cookie
seemingly glued to each hand. Harvard Medicine tells us that “half of
the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a
computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits.” All that sitting, it says, is leading to an
early grave for many Americans. Too much couch-time says studies is related
to type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cancer-related deaths. Your couch is not your friend, don’t get
too comfortable. 3. Your bed
And if it’s not your addictive, sadistic couch that is trying to finish you off it’s
that wonderful rectangular dream station upstairs that is the next step to a date with death. The CDC reports that 33,381 Americans die
each year from falling, but what you might not know is more and more people have been
dying each year from falling out of bed. We don’t know why there has been an increase. Right now, it’s about 700 people a year
die from going over the side. 2. Air freshener
The Ackerman Cancer Center, and many other sources, tell us that plug-in air fresheners
contain phthalates and other hazardous chemicals. According to the center, these might be, “benzene,
formaldehyde, propellants, solvents, benzenes, and synthetic musks.” They can be inhaled, but also be absorbed
by the skin. The upshot is that these chemicals can damage
the lungs, liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, as well as disrupt your hormones. tells us they contain volatile
organic compounds, and no, they are not too good for your health. You certainly don’t want to use these things
for a long, long time. 1. Toothpaste
Last on the list, something we use every day, a few times a day. Did you know that your tube of toothpaste
comes with a poison warning? That’s because too much fluoride intake
might not just make your teeth look bad, but it can poison you. If a child swallowed too much toothpaste that
child could even die. Alternet tells us that even if you don’t
swallow the stuff, the bit you absorb can be harmful. Meanwhile. Dr. Mercola says, “You might not think much
about the ingredients in your toothpaste compared to the ingredients in your food or even other
personal care products, but those pea-sized dollops on your toothbrush twice a day add
up.” The site then lists seven toxins found in
toothpaste. These may sound scary, but we hope at least
it’s been educating. Maybe you could add to the list, or tell us
if you’ve had some bad experiences related to things we have mentioned. Let us know in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
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100 thoughts on “This Thing In Your Home is Secretly Killing You

  1. There is a movie under halted production that seems effectively cursed; Among every actor since the 80's who's ever considered the resuming the starring role death quickly followed. Anak, filming is incomplete requiring several important scenes; the lead role is slated for a Hollywood star: there is a list of posthumous celebrities related to the script. The infamous cursed performances of Shakespear's, MacBeth, is a similar case. Could your show run an episode synopsis on this topic?

  2. it's better to burn to death than to have a freezing cold night. If you do have freezing cold nights however you need a space heater or… idk A DAMN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT.

  3. I ate a moth ball when I was a baby. Had surgery and everything. I wonder if I received brain damage from it. I got ADD. Some anxiety issues.

  4. Me: I’m just gonna live with the ninja turtles..


    Me: then I’ll die?

    Infographic: Link in the description about “what hell is really like”

  5. me before watching this video: Omg!! I’m going to remove everything that can kill me in my home!!!
    me after watching this video: Ehh, It’s ok I can die

  6. This is false, the coroner already said in 2010 their deaths were not caused by mold. This makes me skeptical of everything else you say from this point on and prior… get your facts straight

  7. oh wow i remember eating toothpaste ATLEAST once when i was younger.. i did it cuz to me back then the tooth paste tasted good.. well im lucky im alive then xD

  8. What's really sad is these scumbags design these to kill you slowly. How come these so called engineers and scientists can't make something organic and non-harmful?

  9. Oml I actually once had a gas leak in my attic!

    Thanks a lot Bird Heating and Air, you never fixed our air conditioning either

  10. how am I supposed to keep my teeth clean if toothpaste is harmful? how am I supposed to keep cool in the summer if my AC is dangerous?

  11. My ex gf died from a heating pad plugged in caught fire. Wasn’t even on. She and baby died because OF COURSE smoke alarms didn’t go off. Because people don’t realize fire puts out smoke once it goes out not while firing up

  12. I don't understand how beds are 3rd I fell off my bunkbed when I was a child many times and never got hurt much less died.

  13. The lesson here isn't that homes are somehow filled with danger. They aren't. It's that humans are very vulnerable to harm and prone to accidents.

  14. You forgot Radon, iot's a ''noble'' gas that can't keep itself together, literally. It irradiates your lungs and is a risk if your home is made from natural stones.

  15. Apparently I fell out of be as a kid and landed in a perfect safety roll while completely asleep.

    Somehow I doubt that

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