Asbestos in Stove Mats Exposure and Risks

Summary

Due to its fireproof nature and inability to conduct heat, asbestos was found in various products throughout the home, including stove mats. Asbestos has since been removed from most stove mats, as exposure to the fibrous substance has been shown to cause mesothelioma and other diseases. Asbestos stove mats were commonly used within homes, along with commercial and industrial kitchens, putting both users and fabricators of these products at risk.

Asbestos was seen as an asset in the home during the early to mid-1900s. The fibrous material was woven into fabrics and formed into fireproof boards that were poor conductors of heat. These characteristics, along with its low cost, had great value and various household uses. Unfortunately, it was found later that exposure to asbestos is linked to the development of various diseases, including mesothelioma.

These fibers were used in stoves mats, as a safe and fireproof surface for placing casseroles and other hot cooking dishes. These mats were sometimes embroidered or otherwise decorated with asbestos intertwined throughout. However, long-term wear and tear could release asbestos fibers into the air.

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Asbestos in Stove Mats Explained

Stove mats were used as protective accessories made to be put on hot stove burners or counter tops with the goal of preventing damage to these surfaces and cooking pans.

Stove Mats Were Made With Multiple Asbestos Parts

Asbestos stove mats contained two parts. The mat itself was a dense cardboard-like material, often asbestos millboard made from chrysotile bundles. The millboard was wrapped in a cloth or canvas, which also contained asbestos woven into the fabric.

Essentially, stove mats were made from asbestos wrapped around asbestos, which created a substantial fire barrier.

At the time people believed they were merely protecting their stoves and counters from hot pots and pans. Unfortunately, using asbestos stove mats increased their risk of asbestos exposure. The older and more used the stove mat, the higher the chance asbestos fibers could become airborne.

Who Was Exposed to Asbestos in Stove Mats?

There was a limited risk to users if the stove mats were left intact, but if damaged, tiny fibrous materials could be released into the air and inhaled. Fabricators of these stove mats, on the other hand, most likely experienced asbestos exposure and had an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Stove mats were found in homes across the country, but they were also widely used in commercial and industrial kitchens. This means that anyone who worked at a restaurant or food-packaging or processing facility between 1930 and 1970 may have been exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos stove mats contained both millboard and asbestos cloth. Those creating millboard sheets in factories and textile workers weaving asbestos fibers into stove mat material were at an increased risk of asbestos inhalation. If these workers were not given the proper safety equipment, their job might have caused them harm.

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Health Risks of Asbestos in Stove Mats

Asbestos integrated into stove mats and other household products are harmful to the body. The majority of asbestos-containing products have been banned from circulation. However, it is essential to understand that older homes and products may still contain the fibrous material. Knowing where asbestos is found can reduce your risk of exposure.

If users or fabricators of asbestos stove mats were exposed to asbestos fibers, there is a chance that these individuals have or could develop mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related lung diseases. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that can grow in the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen due to cellular mutations arising from asbestos inhalation.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

The longer the asbestos exposure and the greater the intensity, the higher the chance a person has of developing mesothelioma. Unfortunately, individuals with brief exposure to asbestos fibers have also been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma can present minimal if any, symptoms for as long as 10 to 50 years following exposure to asbestos. This makes diagnosing mesothelioma in its early stages very challenging. For this very reason, it is important to know if you have been exposed to asbestos, so you can speak with your doctor about regular mesothelioma screening.

Seeking Justice for Mesothelioma

It’s possible for workers to be diagnosed with mesothelioma due to their jobs in facilities that fabricate materials for stove mats and other consumer products. Others may be diagnosed after asbestos exposure from wear and tear of these stove mats within their home or restaurant job.

This unfair exposure to asbestos has created unnecessary emotional and physical hardship for these individuals, along with additional medical expenses and employment loss. These individuals were exposed to a deadly substance against their knowledge and may qualify for financial compensation. This compensation may help to reduce the burden of the disease and support associated expenses.

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos in stove mats and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our Justice Support Team. Our knowledgeable and dedicated team will work with you to understand how you were exposed to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Last modified: September 28, 2018