If some products in your home, which contain asbestos are disturbed, microscopic fibres are released into the air. When people breathe them in, they may be trapped in the lungs for many years. Soon, these fibres may accumulate and lead to serious health problems. Be informed about this before it becomes a huge health problem for you and your family.
Here are some facts about asbestos:
- What is asbestos?
Asbestos, made of fine crystals, are natural mining minerals. Chrysotile and Amosite are its most common types. Its fibres’ size is approximately 700 times smaller than a human hair and cannot be seen by the naked eye.
- Where is it used?
During the late 40s to early 80s, it was widely used in building materials. It was used as the main ingredient in fibrous cement, insulation, fireproofing, pipes, paint, floor coverings and roof materials. Its fibres are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity; that is why it is a good staple for construction materials. As they’re most commonly used in roof, you can hire companies that provide asbestos roof removal services.
- When does it become a health hazard?
When materials with asbestos are damaged, deteriorated or becomes friable due to drilling or cutting, the mineral is disturbed. It comes with the air and becomes a potential hazard to people’s health.
- What are its potential hazardous effects to your health?
According to ABC Health and Wellbeing, Australia has the highest rates of asbestos-related death worldwide.
Diseases related to exposure to this mineral do not show instantly. It may manifest during later years in life. Some common symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, a persisting cough, blood in the cough, pain or tightening in the chest, difficulty swallowing, swelling of the neck or face, loss of appetite, weight loss and/or fatigue or anemia. In worst cases, it can lead to pleural plaques, asbestosis or lung cancer. Mesothelioma, an incurable, rapidly-growing lung cancer, is attributed to it. About 600 Australians (500 men and 100 women) develop mesothelioma each year.
If you suspect asbestos presence in your place, don’t touch it and call professionally trained people who can do its removal for you.