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How The Holidays Increase Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Removal Vancouver

30 Nov 2020 Asbestos

Holiday decorations are oftentimes items that are passed down to us from previous generations. Antique Christmas tree toys, tree lights and other decorative items sprinkled with the dangerous substance still lurk in most people’s attics or basements. As those items are taken out once a year, it increases families’ exposure to asbestos without even knowing it.

If you suspect your home has asbestos-containing items or decorations, please don’t touch them as to not further disturb the substance and make it airborne and get in touch with us for advice.

Things to Look Out For

  • Although there’s no way to tell 100% whether or not your decorations contain asbestos, there are a few pointers you can use as a rough guideline.
  • A rough texture that looks crystallized or snowy
  • A style that looks like it’s from the late 19th or early 20th century
  • A package without a label
  • A texture that looks like cotton candy that has dried or hardened
  • Items that you cannot put a surefire date on

Which Christmas Decorations Contain Asbestos?

  • Generally, the following Christmas decorations might contain asbestos:
  • Fake snow
  • Ornaments
  • Old Christmas tree lights
  • Other old Christmas tree decorations
  • Miniature houses or decorations that have crystallized or fibrous textures
  • Vintage ornaments from the 20s, 30s and 40s

How Can I keep Myself & My Family Safe?

  • Unless you have your home checked out by a professional, there is no surefire way to check whether or not your Christmas decorations, basement or attic contain asbestos. There are, however, a few things you can do to steer clear of the substance, as much as possible.
  • Avoid storing decorations in potentially asbestos-containing areas of the home
  • If any of your decorations contain asbestos, contact us to ask us about how to responsibly dispose of them
  • Call our professional and experienced team to have your textured walls and ceilings tested
  • If you suspect your home is contaminated, contact a licensed professional like BC Green for Asbestos Removal Vancouver.

Suspect your home or holiday decorations contain asbestos? Get in touch with us for fast, responsible, industry-standard and efficient asbestos removal Vancouver.