What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is commonly used in building construction materials for insulation. It has strong fiber strength and is fire and heat resistant, thus used in many materials such as roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and cement. Asbestos fibers were commonly used in construction before 1975 and many houses and buildings built before then have a high risk of having asbestos. And it is important to know that asbestos has not been banned and is still used in home construction today.
Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos can be dangerous if asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, fibers are released into the air, which can be inhaled into the lungs, resulting in severe health problems. Asbestos fibers are also hazardous because once inhaled, they stay in the body and cannot be expelled. People who work in the mining and manufacturing industries have a high risk of developing lung disease due to asbestos exposure.
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