5 Facts About Asbestos You Didn’t Know.
We all know that asbestos is dangerous, but what are the real facts about why and how? Here's more information on how asbestos can impact your life, even if it seems like an antiquated issue.
#1 Asbestos is not banned in the USA.
Many people find it shocking to hear, but asbestos remains legal in the USA despite it being a known carcinogen (i.e., cancer-causing substance). Asbestos is still used for fireproofing, roofing, and friction products, among other things.
#2 It’s a real threat.
Thousands of people die every year due to asbestos exposure, typically because of home remodels where they fail to test for and manage asbestos.
#3 Insulation products contain asbestos.
Many insulation products still contain asbestos and those products are used in homes, businesses, and schools across the USA. Some of these products contain small amounts of asbestos that may not seem like a big deal, but if you are remodeling and fail to test, you risk asbestos exposure.
#4 Anyone could be at risk.
Think you're safe from asbestos if you're not working on projects around the house? Well, it doesn't just impact construction workers. Poorly managed asbestos products can put electricians, business professionals, and even teachers at a higher risk.
#5 Most cases of occupational cancer trace to asbestos.
While there are a few causes of occupational cancer, most cases can be traced back to asbestos exposure, which often results in mesothelioma.
While all of these facts are unfortunate, knowledge is power. The dangers of asbestos exposure are very real, but the issue of asbestos exposure can be eliminated.
Asbestos Testing is one of the most critical tests you can conduct for your home or business and it's the only legitimate way to determine whether or not asbestos is present.
If you or someone you know is exposed to asbestos, they should be checked by a medical professional. Any work clothing should be taken off before entering the home.
If you think your home has asbestos, call a licensed asbestos abatement company to complete a test and have any asbestos removed promptly and properly.
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The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.