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    5 things to throw out before they become toxic

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 News is working for you, helping you know when it's time to throw out things you use every day.

    Here's a guide to five common items with hidden health risks Reader's Digest.

    1. Worn-out sneakers. Running or walking shoes that easily bend in half at the midsole may increase your risk of injury, so give them the boot. Remember, the average sneaker life span is 300 to 500 miles, or about six months.

    2. Smoke alarms. After a decade, smoke detectors won't reliably warn of fire. So, be sure to change them every ten years. Place alarms in and outside every bedroom and on each level of the home, and change batteries yearly.

    3. Bathroom cabinet items. Old saline solution, sunscreen, and medications quickly become less potent past their expiration dates. Also, high temperatures break down sunscreen, so replace it once a year.

    4. Old water-pitcher filters. Most filters will remove contaminants from 40-gallons of water about three months' worth of normal use. After that, the filter is useless so replace it.

    5. Pesticides on the garage shelf. The chemicals in old pesticides may not work as well, and worn-out containers are more apt to break, putting you at risk for exposure to toxins. Get rid of pesticides after 2 years.

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