When it comes to protecting our loved ones from poisonous items, we take every precaution. We know that we need to store our medicines, both over-the-counter and prescription, out of the reach of our children and pets. We don't drink cleaning fluids or perfume, or leave our cars running in the garage with the garage door down. Our radars are very sensitive to things that might harm us.
Despite our safe approach, we still have a large number of cases of poisoning due to household items, common items many of us probably did not even realize are harmful. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission reports that 33 million of us are injured annually by these everyday products, plants and foods. Believe it or not, this causes 800 billion in related costs.
Many of these items are dangerous because of the chemicals that are involved in their construction or preservation. Chemicals have made all of our lives better and eliminate many of the daily worries our ancestors faced, but in many ways these chemicals contain hidden dangerous, many leaving us shocked when we discover the dangers. Have you ever walked into a new house, or an old one, with new carpet? The smell is not pleasant and some scientists have found it to be harmful if you breathe it for too long. The volatile organic compounds (VOC) are the cause of the nasty smell, and are found in the carpet's glues and dyes. The odor usually goes away after a few days, but it would be best to request that carpet companies air out the carpet before installation to be on the safe side.
Carpets are just one of many shocking things that are poisonous. Our list below outlines the five most shocking ones we discovered through other lists on the web. We consulted lists of poisonous plants, poisonous foods, and poisonous household items. We even looked at a list of items poisonous to pets(chocolate is a no-no for them!) Please do not use our list to harm others. Our list of shocking things is intended to help you with poison prevention, not for nefarious actions on your part!
4 Pressed Wood Products
1 Canned Foods
When it comes to shock value, canned foods being poisonous propels it to the top of our list. As with the other foods on our list, you don't have to stop using canned foods in your daily diet, but you need to know what you are eating when you do. We have been canning our foods for centuries. It is a convenient way for us to preserve foods for consumption later. However, in the 1950s, we started to use a plastic and resin ingredient to help with the preservation process. Known as bisphenol A (BPA), this compound has been tied to everything from breast cancer to attention deficit disorder. Consumer Reports have shown that most canned foods contain some levels of BPA. How dangerous is it? Studies have been done showing a 165 pound male eating one can of vegetables is eating about 80 times more BPA than recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some manufacturers have heard the same reports as they are now offering BPA free labels on their canned goods. However, the problem is still widespread as the Food and Drug Administration has done studies showing over a 1000 different chemicals being used in one variety or another in preserving foods in cans. The best way to prevent the ingestion of the chemicals is to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, but this is an expensive option and many cannot afford to move away from the cheaper alternative. In this case, you might look for the cans that declare themselves to be BPA-free.
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