Lung cancer Mesothelioma (chest & abdominal
cavity cancer). Asbestosis
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a
variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant.Manufacturers
have voluntarily limited uses of asbestos. Today, asbestos is most commonly
found in older homes, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos
shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor
Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after
asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other
remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release
asbestos fibers into the air in homes, increasing asbestos levels and
endangering people living in those homes.
Steps to Reduce
-It is best to leave undamaged asbestos material alone if it
is not likely to be disturbed. -Use trained and qualified contractors for control measures
that may disturb asbestos and for cleanup. -Follow proper procedures in replacing wood stove door
gaskets that may contain asbestos.
If you think your home may have asbestos, don't
Usually it is
best to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone. Generally,
material in good condition will not release asbestos fiber. There is no danger
unless fibers are released and inhaled into the lungs.
When you need to remove or clean up asbestos, use
a professionally trained contractor.
contractor only after careful discussion of the problems in your home and the
steps the contractor will take to clean up or remove them. Consider the option
of sealing off the materials instead of removing them.