Are you aware of the potential dangers in your home?

Are you aware of the potential dangers in your home?

(INFOGRAPHIC: SUNDAY’S ZAMAN, Adnan Sarıkabak)

September 02, 2012, Sunday/ 14:56:00

There are aerosol sprays that you may use regularly in your home -- they could be just sitting there innocently in the corner -- which are actually like ticking time bombs, just waiting to explode.

An incident that took place a few months ago in Muğla focused people's attention once more on some of the dangers inherent in aerosol spray products. When a can of bug spray sitting on top of a washing machine fell on top of an axe lying on the floor, an almost cinematic-like explosion took place. The damage that occurred was shocking to all who saw it. Not only did the explosion cause a fire to break out, but the walls of the apartment were shattered, as were the doors. The situation did not surprise experts, however; after all, there are warnings on aerosol spray cans urging people "Keep away from fire" and "Keep away from sharp objects."

Aerosol sprays are a normal part of our daily lives, from cleaning products to cosmetics, from health products to decoration. And while they make our lives easier in some respects, they can also pose very serious health and safety risks. Aside from the potentially harmful chemical elements included in some of the aerosol spray cans, there are also explosive and potentially fiery gases such as butane, isobutane and propane contained in many sprays. These gases can combust when exposed to heat and pressure. When this occurs, serious damage and fires can result. And so, experts warn once more: Be aware of the potential bombs in your own home!


Be careful of these

* Aerosol sprays should be kept out of reach of children.

* Both full and empty spray cans should be kept away from sources of heat.

* Spray cans should be stored in cool places.

* Do not place pressurized aerosol sprays in your bathroom, next to the oven, in the freezer, or next to household machines such as the washing machine or television that emit heat while operating.

* Make sure that nothing which will rip or tear the outside of the pressurized spray can is near it in a way that could cause damage if the spray can were to fall.

* Try to use the pressurized aerosol sprays as little as possible. When you must, read the label before purchasing and using, in order to understand what you are exposing yourself to.

* Rather than using room deodorizers and perfumes, try using natural alternatives such as cologne or lavender.

(1) - Room sprays: The same room sprays we may sometimes use in our homes contain para-dichlorobenzine, which has been shown to be a cancer-causing element. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepared a report showing that 20 of the elements used in these sprays are damaging to health.

(2) - Bug sprays: Most bug sprays contain elements such as alpha-cypermethrin, deltamethrine and tetramethrine. These are sprays with a high potential of explosion when exposed to heat. Due to the mixture of chemicals in these sprays, the risk upon explosion is even higher. All of these products also contain benzene, which is a known carcinogen. The chlordane is also very dangerous in these bug sprays.

(3) - Spray dyes: These are also products which contain many potentially flammable gases that can cause significant damage if they explode.

(4) - Hairsprays: Not only do these include gases that are potentially flammable and explosive, but they also have chemicals that pose risks to the lungs, skin and eyes. Ethanol is a common element in hairspray, and is something that has been shown to cause many physical problems, from lethargy to nervous system problems.

(4) - Body sprays and deodorants:These contain parabenine, which is used to lengthen shelf life but can also cause skin allergies, as well as butane, isobutane and propane. Many deodorants also contain 3-Benzile, which has been shown to be a carcinogen.