Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber found in rock and in soil. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance, asbestos has generally been used in various construction materials, such as insulation, roofing and flooring products, as well as brakes.
Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair and remodeling. Inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, or being exposed to airborne asbestos dust and fibers in other ways creates a risk for developing mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. People who work with asbestos-related products can even carry these fibers home with them putting family members at risk.
Asbestos is now tightly regulated in the United Stated but is still legal and people still run the risk of exposure. In 2007, The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) unveiled research showing evidence of asbestos in some everyday household products, including children’s toys, appliances, and hardware and household items. Asbestos exposure still poses a health risk and education by those in contact with it should be a top priority.
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