Asbestos is a lurking danger for just about everyone. Any home could contain asbestos in some way or another and it could pose a real threat to you and your family. Nearly any product you can think of related to construction has at one time contained asbestos. This is because the mineral is extremely flame retardant and heat resistant, making it, in the past, the likely choice for homes and commercial sites.
However, in the past few decades, the danger of asbestos has been made clear. Many illnesses and even death can result from prolonged asbestos exposure.
One item that most people don’t think of when it comes to asbestos is fire doors. After all, they look like wooden doors and don’t look like they’d contain anything harmful whatsoever. Fire doors have been used for a long time in buildings as a safety precaution. The thinking is that with a fire door you can block a fire before it spreads to another room. A fire door is on a wall that is also fire safe. This helps prevent fire from spreading from one area of a building to another, giving firefighters ample time to control a fire should one erupt.
Fire doors have been made of vermiculite boards in the past, which, if damaged, could cause the spread of asbestos fibers in the air. At present, fire doors are made from steel and gypsum.
Asbestos exposure is a real threat, even if it seems minimal. If something looks not quite right, or you think there may be asbestos in your home or office, contact a professional immediately. Even though the asbestos may not need to be removed, it is always a good idea to get a professional opinion.
Exposure to asbestos can cause many illnesses, including, but not limited to, asbestosis, pleural effusion, various cancers of the lungs, stomach and gastrointestinal tract and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining that surrounds the heart, lungs and abdomen. Likelihood of successful treatment is often slim. This is usually because the symptoms don’t tend to present themselves until the disease has progressed to the more advanced stages.
Although several regulations have been passed concerning asbestos, everyone is not yet safe from the substance. To remain safe from asbestos, pay attention to potential dangers and contact qualified personnel for a professional opinion.