My Home Is Trying to Kill Me: The Home Death Trap Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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Some may say that home is where the heart is. But is it actually a potential death trap? Take our quiz to find out, and put your knowledge to the test.

What was the percent change in reported home poisonings with "serious outcomes" between 2009 and 2010?

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of "serious outcome" poisonings increased almost 5 percent.

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What characteristic best describes radon gas?

Radon gas is so difficult to detect because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible.

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What area of your house is most susceptible to radon infiltration?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that typically enters buildings through a breach in the foundation.

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Long-term radon exposure is most closely associated with which of the following diseases?

The airborne particles in radon can get trapped in the lungs, leading to lung cancer.

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Which of the following scenarios can lead to drinking water contamination?

Water is susceptible to contamination from "cradle to grave," beginning at the source and continuing to the tap.

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Which of the following is NOT considered a viable solution to contaminated water?

While boiling water might remove germs from drinking water, it will not remove certain chemicals and heavy metals.

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How many houses built before 1940 featured lead paint?

According to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency, roughly two thirds of the homes built before 1940 featured lead paint.

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What is the general recommendation for lead paint that is in good condition and not chipping?

Since lead paint is only dangerous if ingested, and given the expense and delicate nature of removal, experts generally recommend leaving paint in good condition alone.

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Why was asbestos such a popular building material when it was first developed?

Asbestos quickly gained favor in the construction business because it was strong, durable, heat resistant and a good insulator.

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Where can you typically find asbestos products in an older home?

Asbestos was used in a variety of construction applications, including all of these, plus adhesives, plasters, cement and joint compounds.

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What are the ideal conditions for mold to grow?

Dark, damp areas of the home are the ideal setting for mold growth, which is why mold is a common post-flooding problem.

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How many different kinds of mold have been identified in homes in the United States?

According to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 1,000 varieties of mold have been identified in the United States.

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What is an adequate solution for preventing an ongoing mold problem?

A dark, damp area will continue to attract mold until all of these steps are followed and the spores and source of dampness are also removed.

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Which of the following is NOT a fire hazard?

Outdated electrical systems in older homes often cannot handle the increased demand, even if individual appliances are more efficient. Having an automatic shut-off feature is NOT a hazard.

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What are some of the more common, yet dangerous, items found in a garden shed?

All of these products can pose a significant health risk if not used (and stored) properly.

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When is the risk for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning the highest?

Winter is the most dangerous season -- not only because homeowners are using oil- or gas-burning furnaces, but also because the house isn't properly vented.

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Which is the best type of carbon monoxide detector to have in the home?

CO detectors are absolutely essential, and a hard-wired model with battery back-up will guard against power outages.

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On average, how many calls does the American Association of Poison Control Centers receive on a daily basis?

The AAPCC's 57 poison centers fielded 3.9 million calls in 2010, an average of nearly 11,000 per day.

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What percentage of the poison-related calls that are made to the AAPCC originate from someone's home?

The AAPCC estimates that roughly 90 percent of all poisonings happen at home.

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If you're pregnant, it's best to avoid:

A 2008 study found that babies were 41 percent more likely to develop asthma if their mom had been exposed to chemicals found in bleach, ammonia, air fresheners and other home cleaning products while pregnant with them.

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