A big downside of our technology-driven world is that we are constantly surrounded by toxic chemicals. And ironically, a home, which is supposed to be the safest of safe havens, is often full of toxins we don’t even recognize. So what can be done to help you and your family avoid these common dangers?

The first step to eliminating dangerous chemicals from our homes is awareness. The infographic below, Toxins Hiding in Your Home, is an excellent resource for learning where to look for products around the house that are putting the health of you and your family at risk. One thing you will learn is that these toxins can be found in the most surprising of places.

Some of the items noted in the infographic, such as lead, are commonly known to be toxic — but we do not always think to have water pipes inspected, or take proper precautions when stripping old paint. Other items, such as formaldehyde in clothing, may be an issue we’ve never even thought about, but could explain feeling eye or nose irritation that never seems to go away. Symptoms previously thought to be associated with allergies, may not be due to them after all. Simply switching to a new clothing supplier may be enough to remedy your condition.

Fortunately, products and materials with low or no levels of toxins are abundantly available, and the infographic makes mention of several important alternatives that can make your home a safer and healthier place. There is no need to live in constant discomfort when the knowledge is available to greatly and immediately improve your situation. To increase your awareness and safeguard your health, continue reading now.