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.
Blind cord safety
Keep cords up high and out of reach. Cords on the side, inside, or back of the window covering are a strangulation risk for children.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate. BPA is also used in the manufacture of epoxy resins which act as a protective lining on the inside of some metal-based food and beverage cans.
Environment Health for First Nations and Inuit
At home or out on the land, there are simple steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy.
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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.
Reduce your exposure to lead
Lead is a highly toxic metal that is found naturally in the earth's crust. Lead was once used in products like paint and gas, but the Government of Canada now restricts its use in many products.
Take the virtual house tour
Explore your home to learn how to protect yourself and your family from home health hazards.
Use arts and crafts materials safely
Just because you can buy arts and crafts materials in stores doesn't mean they are free from health and safety hazards.
Use consumer products safely
Every day, you probably use consumer products, like children's toys and equipment, cosmetics, electronics, clothing, and chemicals. But do you know how to use them safely?
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.
Hand-held lasers and laser pointers
Many people who use them don't know about their potential dangers.
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