Asbestos is all over the news and media. We see asbestos exposure and commercials from lawyers while we watch television, but no one tells you how to stay safe from asbestos exposure. Colorado Hazardous Environmental has some tips to keep you safe from asbestos this Winter!
Have Your Home Tested for Asbestos
The easiest way to protect your family from asbestos this Winter is through asbestos testing. Licensed and certified asbestos professionals complete asbestos testing. The test is comprehensive, and samples are sent to a lab for accurate testing. If this test comes back positive, you will need to have the asbestos removed from your property by a hazardous materials removal company.
Don’t Complete any Remodels
Asbestos-containing materials are often disturbed during remodeling. This is how asbestos exposure occurs. When you disturb the materials, tiny asbestos particles float through the air and are ingested without your knowledge. Asbestos exposure is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
Throw Away any Holiday Decorations Made in the 80s or Before
Surprisingly, asbestos was not only used in building materials. It was also used in holiday decorations and other items that needed to be heat-resistant. A lot of older holiday decorations that contain lighting has asbestos fibers. The best thing you can do is toss any holiday decorations that were made before or during the 80s.
These simple steps could prevent you and your family from being exposed to asbestos. If your home has asbestos, never try to remove the asbestos yourself. Laws and regulations are in place, and it is illegal to remove asbestos without the proper licenses. These laws and regulations are to protect you, your family, and your neighbors from asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are so minute that they can float a long way and expose a lot of people!