Although a number of older buildings and homes in the United States contain asbestos, many people still ignore its dangers, or are simply unaware that it still poses a threat.
Each month, more and more reports surface about people working in older homes, whether it be plumbing and pipework, roofing, breaking down walls, or repairing older appliances, that contain asbestos. Others simply ignore the threat of exposure or feel that asbestos is not a current problem, and therefore, they’re above developing a life-threatening illness.
Whatever the reason may be, the fact is that asbestos still remains a real concern in the nation and it’s not going to get any better if people aren’t aware that they too can develop a harmful disease if they’re exposed, not matter how small the exposure is.
Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness each year. While it’s true that most people diagnosed were exposed to asbestos on job sites during a time in which asbestos was heavily used, this doesn’t mean that people today are any less likely to develop malignant mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), no amount of asbestos, regardless of how small, is safe. Working on an older appliance that was built with asbestos can cause someone to develop a toxic disease the same way as someone who worked around asbestos for years.
Despite myths, asbestos is still legal in the U.S. It’s still being used in products and people are still being exposed to it. Even though the amount of asbestos in products is a lot less than what products contained in the past, a number of manufacturers still rely on asbestos for its ease of use, affordability, and ability to resist heat and fire.
Some children’s products still contain asbestos. The mineral isn’t nearly as dangerous if its fibers aren’t disturbed, but the issue with using even minute amounts of the mineral in children’s products is that kids may put crayons or clay (some brands were found to contain as asbestos as recently as 2015) in their mouths, and unknowingly swallow asbestos fibers. This increases the risks of children developing peritoneal mesothelioma, a form of the disease that affects the abdomen’s lining.
Spread Awareness About Asbestos
Until asbestos is banned in the U.S. and all products, building, and appliances that contain the dangerous building are destroyed, we need to spread awareness about its dangers. It’s something that a number of non-profit organizations have been doing for numerous years, but the more people who help, the easier it will be to get the word out about the health risks that are still out there.
To learn more about asbestos and myths that surround it, refer to our article, Asbestos Myths Exposed, which can help you understand the common presumptions about the mineral that result in people being needlessly exposed.
To ensure that you and your loved ones aren’t placed at risk of asbestos exposure, never do the following actions on older homes or buildings that may contain asbestos:
- Repair old appliances in a home that may contain asbestos
- Tear down old wallpaper or cracked walls
- Allow children to play in attics, especially around attic insulation
- Repair broken pipes
- Help repair or work in older buildings in your community, such as churches or community centers
Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to simply look at home and determine if it contains asbestos, so the best course of action is to hire a professional asbestos inspector before starting any work on a home or building constructed prior to the mid 1980s. Check with your state’s appropriate agency if you need help finding a certified asbestos professional. If you need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.
Additional Help and Information for Asbestos Victims
If you suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbetosis, you may be eligible for a large amount of compensation. Currently, there is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, set up for those who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. Fill out our form to receive our free Financial Compensation Packet. Our packet is loaded with information on leading mesothelioma attorneys in your area, how to file a claim for asbestos trust funds, how to get paid in 90 days, and more.