Asbestos has been well documented as a dangerous substance that has resulted in countless diagnoses of respiratory illnesses, the most deadly being asbestosis and mesothelioma. Workers in a variety of industries, including construction, mining, and the military, have plied their respective trades at job sites, only to have their careers and lives shortened due to continuous exposure.
For those who work in other industries where asbestos is not a factor, exposure came from the comfort of their own homes.
Hidden and potentially deadly dangers
The simplest of chores and projects could put you in direct contact with asbestos without knowing. The fibers make contact with your skin, clothing, and household items. Tragically, consistent exposure over the course of years, if not decades, with symptoms that could show up decades later represents a deadly and catastrophic combination.
From natural disasters to remodeling a home, once hidden products that contain asbestos can be unearthed in residential dwellings. Inadvertently handling or inhaling this material requires proactive steps in the form of protective clothing and masks. However, that may not be enough to protect you and your family.
The moment that asbestos is detected mandates immediate action. Contacting an asbestos removal company is paramount to protect those living in the home and people who have visited. In addition, scheduling an immediate appointment with a doctor for testing and evaluations is an important next step.
Educating yourself and those who live in the home on materials that contain asbestos is also essential. Owners of older homes constructed with certain products should not move forward in disturbing anything in the dwellings without having tests done.
In spite of tens of thousands of deaths due to long-term asbestos exposure, legal use in the United States remains, with a small number of companies still using the hazardous material. This ongoing domestic asbestos problem is still in search of a solution.