How to Keep Your Family Safe From Asbestos
From the 1940’s to the 1980’s, asbestos was widely used to fireproof certain products, and in the insulation of buildings and car parts. Since then, many cities and property owners have taken initiative to demolish asbestos-containing buildings for the safety of residents, and replace insulation with safer materials. Although this is a significant step forward in order to keep your family safe from asbestos, there are still many products and buildings that contain asbestos.
On a positive note, however, it doesn’t have to mean your health is immediately in danger. If left undisturbed, asbestos-containing items or buildings don’t pose health risks, especially if still tightly bound and in good, stable condition. It is only during demolition or disturbance that tiny asbestos fibres enter the air, and then the lungs, causing cancer and other lung diseases.
So, how do you keep your family safe from asbestos?
First and foremost, if you are planning a renovation or demolition, you should have your home inspected by a professional team like BC Green. If your property contains asbestos, it should be demolished by a team that knows proper government rules, regulations and protocols, and are trained to safely dispose of this harmful material.
It is also vital to have professionals test your property in the event that you are choosing to do a DIY renovation, and will be coming into contact with asbestos.
If you are aware of any old appliances, products, materials or wall coverings that you know contain asbestos or are suspecting they do, make sure to contact a professional team to properly test and dispose of them. Disturbing and handling asbestos-containing materials could be incredibly dangerous for the health of you and your loved ones.
Lastly, the automotive industry was once a large part of the asbestos craze back in the day. Before doing any work on your car yourself or replacing parts, be sure to check with your mechanic or auto parts dealer.
In the pursuit of how to keep your family safe from asbestos, it is vital that you do not take on any work yourself, and leave it to the experts. Get in touch with BC Green Construction & Demolition to schedule an appointment and get your home tested for asbestos. We want you and your family to be safe for years to come, and wouldn’t have it any other way.