Asbestos may be banned in the United States, but it is still being found in older properties and some products. Asbestos Abatement Services has five facts that you may not know about asbestos. Asbestos education is vital to ensure that asbestos exposure stays at a minimum.
Some Products Still Contain Asbestos
While we do know some construction materials still contain asbestos, some products are not construction related that have asbestos. Toys, makeup, powder, and tape have recently been found to contain asbestos fibers. Most of these products are not made in the United States. However, it is important to know that some items may contain asbestos without you knowing. It is essential to do research and be better educated on asbestos.
Asbestos is Not a Real Threat Until it is Friable
Friable asbestos is asbestos-containing materials that have become damaged through a remodel, or from wear and tear. Once asbestos-containing materials become friable, you and your family can be exposed to asbestos. All asbestos must be removed from your property before it becomes friable. Once friable, it becomes airborne and can be ingested by anyone in the vicinity.
Asbestos Exposure Does Not Have Immediate Symptoms
Asbestos fibers tend to stay dormant in your body for decades. No one is sure why, but it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for asbestos to show up in the form of mesothelioma or asbestosis. This is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot tell if you have been exposed.
Asbestos Does Not Exit Your Body
Once asbestos fiber enters your body, they don’t leave. The fibers stay in your lungs or stomach and wait to attack your body. Never try to remove asbestos from your property, you could become exposed.
Asbestos Grows Naturally
Asbestos is grown naturally and is mined in other countries. Many countries still use asbestos despite the health concerns that are known throughout the world.