Many of us rely on radiators and airers to dry wet clothes, but is it safe to sleep in a room with damp washing? If you’re eager to avoid injuries at home, it’s wise to follow advice from health and safety and medical experts.
Here’s what the professionals say about whether it’s safe to sleep in a room with damp washing.
The dangers of sleeping in a room with damp washing?
When you think about work accident hazards or dangers in the home, you may not automatically think about damp washing. However, research shows that many of us have high moisture levels in our homes and this is caused mainly by hanging out damp washing. If you suffer asthma, hay fever or other allergies, you may find that your symptoms become worse if you sleep in a room with damp washing.
If you don’t have a tumble dryer, try and hang washing out on a line outside. If you have to rely on radiators in the winter or you don’t have a garden, put your washing in a room you don’t use often. It’s not wise to sleep in a room with damp washing if you’re prone to breathing problems or you suffer with allergies. Leaving wet washing around may also present a slip, trip and fall hazard.
If you do experience worsening symptoms of asthma or allergies, seek advice from your doctor. There may be treatments that can help, or you may need to adjust the dosage of medication you already take. Your GP may also be able to offer you advice about changes you make at home or at work to reduce the risk of occupational illness.
If you suffer with asthma, you may find that certain triggers make your symptoms worse or even result in an asthma attack. Dust, animal fur and mould can all contribute to more severe signs. If you have asthma and you work in an environment which could be hazardous, it’s important to take the necessary steps to prevent work-related illness and work accidents.
Wear a mask and take regular breaks. Try and make sure you work in a well-ventilated space, and carry your inhaler with you at all times.
If you’ve developed an illness or you’ve been injured at work through no fault of your own, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for work accident compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice