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

  • decrease of 25 percent
  • increase of 25 percent
  • increase of 5 percent
  • no change

What characteristic best describes radon gas?

  • invisible
  • odorless
  • tasteless
  • all of the above

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

  • basement
  • attic
  • windows

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

  • shingles
  • emphysema
  • arthritis
  • lung cancer

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

  • a contaminated source
  • an outdated municipal delivery system
  • outdated home plumbing fixtures
  • all of the above

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

  • bottled water
  • a professionally installed purification system
  • boiling water
  • free-standing water filters

How many houses built before 1940 featured lead paint?

  • about 33 percent
  • about 66 percent
  • about 80 percent
  • all of them

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

  • remove it immediately
  • leave it alone
  • paint over it

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

  • it's strong and durable
  • it's heat-resistant
  • it's a good insulator
  • all of the above

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

  • floor and ceiling tiles
  • insulation
  • roofing materials
  • all of the above

What are the ideal conditions for mold to grow?

  • warm and dry
  • dark and damp
  • bright and sunny
  • none of the above

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

  • roughly 200
  • roughly 600
  • more than 1,000

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

  • remove the mold
  • remove the spores
  • remove the source of dampness
  • all of the above

Which of the following is NOT a fire hazard?

  • an overburdened electrical outlet
  • inadequate or faulty wiring
  • automatic shut-off feature on appliances
  • a full lint vent on a dryer

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

  • herbicides
  • pesticides
  • fertilizer
  • all of the above

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

  • spring
  • summer
  • winter
  • autumn

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

  • hard-wired detector
  • battery-powered detector
  • hard-wired detector with battery back-up
  • They really aren't necessary.

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

  • 100 per day
  • 11,000 per day
  • 20,000 per day

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

  • 10 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 90 percent
  • none

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

  • air freshener
  • ammonia
  • bleach
  • all of the above