Asbestos Exposure from Burning

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Did you know that burning asbestos is illegal and can cause devastating health problems? When doing a remodel or Spring cleaning many rural areas allow burning of certain items. While this is a great practice for many, it can also be a harmful one. Smoke travels a great distance and with it tiny particles of the items you are burning. This means any asbestos-containing materials that are burnt could expose you and your neighbors. Luckily, Asbestos Abatement Services has some information to help you determine what you should do.

Should I Burn My Items?

Some items will not contain asbestos. Couches, mattresses, and even counters will not contain asbestos. However, the below items are likely to have asbestos:

• Tile
• Roofing
• Wallpaper
• Insulation
• Drywall

Above are some of the more common items that are known to contain asbestos. If you have an older home and are wanting to burn the above items, you shouldn’t. Asbestos exposure can happen easily, as asbestos fibers are very tiny and cannot be seen. If you burn the above items there is a major chance of asbestos exposure. There are regulations on burning in place that if followed will prevent exposure.

Is Asbestos Exposure that Dangerous?

The answer is yes! Asbestos exposure has been linked to many different illnesses. Mesothelioma, lung cancer, heart problems, and respiratory illnesses are all linked to asbestos exposure. Before you burn any items that could contain asbestos, think again.

Before doing any remodels or removing items from your home, have an asbestos test completed. It is best to know if your home contains asbestos. If it does, you can have it removed by a professional before it exposes you and your family. Play it safe and have a professional such as Asbestos Abatement Services complete an asbestos test on your home. They are licensed and certified by the state to ensure accurate asbestos testing and safe removal.

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