Asbestos- The danger At Home

Asbestos- The danger At Home

Many people think that asbestos is a thing of the past. They are under the impression that companies would have been banned from using a material that is considered dangerous and has made so many people sick with an incurable cancer. Unfortunately, this is not true.  Asbestos is still used on a regular basis in construction materials.

Many materials that are used in everyday construction contain asbestos, and unless you read the packaging, you would never know.  According to the EPA, the products that are still allowed to contain asbestos are:

  • Cement corrugated sheet
  • Cement flat sheet
  • Clothing
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Roofing felt
  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Cement shingle
  • Millboard
  • Cement pipe
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disk brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Non-roofing coatings
  • Roof coatings

While these products are not a hazard in the condition they are sold, as they break down and deteriorate, they can become a hazard because of the exposed contents that do contain asbestos particles.

Some companies use asbestos in their products and others do not. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you check these specific materials on a regular basis, and replace them with products that do not use asbestos or asbestos fibers in their products.

If you do have some type of material exposed, you can easily test it with a do-it-yourself home testing kit. You must be very careful when tearing off a small portion to test because it can be extremely dangerous. Always wear a mask, even if you do not believe that the particles will come loose in the area.

If any of the material falls onto the floor, or surrounding surfaces, ensure that you clean them up with a bleach spray, just in case.

Because of the risk of asbestos exposure, and other environmental toxins, many people have chosen to move into newer buildings or build their own homes that are certified asbestos free.

Asbestos Free Living

While it is not technically called “asbestos free living”, compact homes are considered to be the product of breaking away from environmental toxins and helping to improve the environment.

They do so by eliminating the amount of resources that it takes to build and run their home. While it saves resources, it also saves money. Most of the people who live in compact homes lead active lifestyles and hectic work schedules. Because of this, they do not need as much space for their home activities.

Living in a smaller space allows for less of everything, so when you do make a purchase, it has to count. For many, the space restrictions leave them with less appliances. The most important appliances for many people who live a fast paced lifestyle are a washer and dryer, a stove, a small dishwasher and a few small multi-purpose countertop appliances.

Living a smaller style life may decrease your carbon foot print, but because of other locations you visit, you will never be free from the risks of asbestos.

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