Before asbestos became notorious for its cancer-causing effects, people loved how useful this mineral substance was. Because of its fibrous and fireproof qualities and the inability to conduct heat, people found asbestos products to be of great use in their homes. Asbestos was all over many household in the form of stove mats for a safe furnace, handles for pots and pans, asbestos table mats, asbestos tiles and asbestos cords to bind exposed parts of pipes during frosty weather.
Today, asbestos is banned from a lot of products or voluntarily removed by manufacturers themselves. Although asbestos stove mats and other such products are already scarce, there could be some that are for sale or left in consumer homes. Since it is more likely that asbestos-containing materials are found in older homes, those dwelling in one should look out for the following:
When such materials are still found in your homes, keep in mind that air-borne asbestos fibers are the culprits to health hazards. If in doubt of how to handle asbestos-laden products, contact the US Environmental Protection Agency.