With the summer approaching, some families may be moving ahead with renovation or construction projects around the house that were too difficult to complete in the cold. With that in mind, those families should also be prepared to act safely and properly in the event they disturb any construction materials or substances that may contain dangerous asbestos fibers.
Prior to 1980, many types of insulation products used in housing construction used asbestos as a main ingredient due to its qualities as a fire retardant. Because of that, anytime work is being performed on air conditioning vents or water pipes that are lined in insulation products – especially projects taking place in older homes – fibers or particles that become airborne should never be inhaled.
While some methods to prevent any inhalation, such as breathing through a clean blanket or bandana, are probably good to use only in an emergency before an expert can arrive to help, planning ahead and purchasing asbestos and lead respirators before a project is started is the best way to prevent any inadvertent asbestos exposure.
If you are working on a project and come across products in your home that may contain asbestos, it is important to immediately contact your local health department and/or a regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Additionally, asbestos products must be removed in a very specific manner by a certified professional. DO NOT attempt to do remove asbestos products by yourself, doing so could release mass amounts of asbestos fibers into the air and leave you and those who live near you at a high risk of asbestos exposure.
If you have worked on a construction/renovation project where asbestos products were exposed and have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be able to bring a mesothelioma lawsuit against companies who manufactured or sold asbestos products that were used in the building. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer in order to learn more about asbestos law and find out if you or a loved one may be able to receive an asbestos settlement.