Holiday Items Containing Asbestos
The holidays are a beautiful time to be spending with your family and loved ones. You don’t want to ruin the fun and memories that come with it. We buy gifts to our kids and loved ones for them to feel valued and appreciated. However, unbeknownst to us, asbestos can be hiding in some holiday items and decorations. Decorations are usually staying up for months at a time, and if these decorations are indoors, can cause health issues. Asbestos isn’t used in new holiday decorations, however, a lot of the old decorations from the 1940’s – 1980’s do, as it was a popular, durable and cheap material to use for insulation.
So be careful when bringing out the dusty old box of holiday decorations passed down from generations, hiding in your attic.
Asbestos was often used in electric blankets as a way to provide insulation, keep in warmth, and provide fire resistance. If you know your old electric blanket was manufactured during the 1940’s – 1980’s, it is best to replace it with a new one for yourself and your family.
Similar to electric blankets, fireproof gloves used to contain asbestos due to its insulation and fire-resistant properties many years ago. If you find any of these older versions lying around the house and suspect they could be from that time period, it is a great idea o replace them with new ones.
Adhesives during the 20th century used to contain asbestos due to its heat and fire resistance, as well as its ability to create a strong bond to many surfaces. It is best to be careful with old tape you still have in that old box of decorations or toolbox.
Hot Plates and Popcorn Machines
Once again, due to its ability to resist high heat and fire, asbestos was regularly used in appliances requiring heat. This included popcorn poppers, crock pots, and hot places. It was used as an insulator from wires and heating elements.
If you suspect you may have any of these items in your home, make sure to dispose of them right away. Likewise, if you’re quite sure some areas of your home are contaminated, call our BC Construction and Demolition asbestos abatement team and we will make sure to bring your home back to safety.