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Keeping Your Family Safe From Asbestos
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that can still be found across the world. In the United States, its typically found under large rocks and doesn’t pose a threat to the public unless its intentionally disturbed. However, it’s the asbestos that was used in products and buildings prior to the 1980s that still remains a concern, especially for families who live in older homes that have appliances and fixtures that were made with asbestos-containing materials.
Why is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos was used extensively for several decades because of its strong insulation properties and its resistance to extreme heat and fires. Businesses and manufacturers in a wide array of industries relied on asbestos to help keep products and facilities safe, but at the same time, millions of workers were exposed to fine asbestos fibers that easily became airborne. When asbestos fibers are ingested, it’s almost impossible to remove them from the body. Eventually, this can lead to dangerous illnesses such as mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis.
Does Your Home Contain Asbestos?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to determine which appliances were made with asbestos-containing materials unless it’s clearly marked and labeled. Therefore, if you or any other family member plan to do renovations on your home or appliance repairs, it’s imperative to find a qualified asbestos abatement professional beforehand.
Figuring out if your home was built with asbestos-containing materials can be difficult as well, but the National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST) may be able to help you find information. For more details, call NIST directly at 301-975-NIST (6478).
Keep in mind, however, that asbestos was not used in the majority of homes and appliances that were created after the 1980s, when the EPA placed strict regulations on its use. Although the restrictions were implemented in the late 1970s, businesses were given a “phase out” period that lasted until the early 1980s.
If Asbestos is in Your Home
Keep in mind that in most cases, asbestos is not dangerous unless it has been disturbed. Make sure that your children don’t play around any old appliances and ensure that no repairs or renovations are made until after the asbestos has been removed. Even if you only have a minor repair, the EPA suggests seeking out a qualified asbestos abatement professional to handle it.
In some instances, there may be asbestos in your vehicle’s brakes. Although the EPA regulated the majority of asbestos use, some new products are still being made with asbestos, such as brakes, clutches, brake linings, and gaskets. It’s recommended to also seek out professional help for car repairs, and as always, never let children play around vehicles.