Health trap: Indoor smog
If you’re spending lots of time indoors, you’re exposing yourself to whatever’s in your air. Whether you’re curled in front of the fire or scouring your bathroom with lemon-scented cleaners, you could be inhaling in a high dose of air pollution. Minimize health hazards in your air by using non-toxic household products, keeping your fireplace and chimney well maintained, and burning nothing but dry, clean wood. Put some breathe-easy policies into place when people come calling, like no smoking or fragrance, especially if a household member or visitor has a chronic health condition. “Oftentimes, Aunt Mildred’s perfume is more of a problem than the fireplace you’ve got running in the background,” says Dr. MacLean.