Winter means time for holiday lights, family, friends, and food. It could also mean more asbestos exposure than normal. Most people think of asbestos exposure and think of renovations or construction; this isn’t always the case. There are several ways that one will come into contact with asbestos and never know it. Asbestos Abatement Services has compiled a list of areas and items to be mindful of this holiday.
Some older decorations could contain asbestos. The fibers are fire resistant and extremely durable. They were used in adhesives and insulation of many items, including holiday decorations. If you have older decorations, it is important to check them for any worn areas. If any of your decorations are worn, you should throw them out. Asbestos fibers can easily spread throughout your home from holiday decorations that are tattered or frayed.
More Activity in the Basement and Attic
Basements and attics are notorious for having asbestos. If you live in an older home, it is crucial that you have the home checked. Holidays means more time spent retrieving items from your basement or attic. This extra activity could cause insulation or tiles to come apart, exposing you to dust containing asbestos. If you have areas that are worn down or just unsure, contact a professional for a simple home asbestos test.
Holiday Lights on the Roof
Your roofing could contain asbestos, as it is one of the main items that used asbestos as part of the materials. Because asbestos fibers were fire resistant and cheap, it was used in a lot of shingles. It could also be in any adhesives that were used on your roof. If you have an older roof and broken shingles, have it checked before you hang any lights. The asbestos exposure could cause you to become extremely ill. You could also transfer the asbestos fibers to the inside of your home through your clothes.