Not all the people like to spend their times in out-door, some of them still love to enjoy their own home, even they are enjoying a small house.
But, i believe some of them didn’t know about the hidden danger which is watching in a house. If you are a house lover, and spend more times at there, you should know the condition of your home. One of the most dangerous material is asbestos, so what is that? let’s find more below.
Note, please don’t playing or disturb any asbestos material, if you found a material like an asbestos, please contact someone expert to help you. If you want to know the process of removing asbestos, this Asbestos Watch website will help you to understand about this process.
How to recognize the asbestos material in your house
Let’s try to understand & recognize the dangers of asbestos
I know guys, hotels and various tourist attractions, many of which offer luxury and satisfaction to you. However, the best place where you can get your comfort is at your home. Some people also spend much time and money to decor their home. Exhaustion after work is paid off just by enjoying the homey atmosphere with your family. Thus, the house is not only a physical asset of the building but also psychologically meaningful to your life.
However, your home can be hazardous as well, which comes from the air pollutant presence. This dangerous threat can give you various risk, from a breathing difficulty to a malicious health disorder. One of the air pollutants found at home is asbestos, which is often encountered mainly in old building houses.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly used as a mixture in manufacturing building parts. Its fibres are so small that they can’t be seen by the naked eyes. Asbestos fibres are so delicate and light that the fibres can stay in the air for several hours after being released into the air. These airborne fibres can be accidentally inhaled by the inhabitants at home.
Do you see the picture? I just can’t believe it, people are working with the dust of asbestos! The industrial revolution provided a boost of major boom for the asbestos industry until the 1970s. Then in 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a ban, as well as administering the asbestos removal rules. In the 1990s several countries imposed a ban on the production of almost all asbestos-containing products, including the European Union, the United States and Japan. This is related to findings of the relationship between health problems with asbestos exposure, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos fibre exposure. (Image courtesy: Wikipedia)
Asbestos Products at Home
At home, asbestos applications are commonly used as building materials, such as asbestos for roofs, asbestos paper for the floor, pave block, thermal insulation product, acoustic wall and ceiling products, and cement sheets. Don’t be wrong, your healthy green kitchen might asbestos contaminated.
Today’s homeowners that are aware of the dangers of asbestos, usually no longer use it as n their buildings. Thus, you can usually encounter many building materials that still contain asbestos in old building houses.
Risk of Asbestos
The asbestos in your home does not directly become air pollutants that endanger health. Building materials and household products containing asbestos, which are in good condition, are most likely do not cause problems. Asbestos will be dangerous when damaged, broken, or dismantled into small fragments.
These fibres become dangerous when inhaled and enter the body. This is because certain amounts of the fibres can stick to the lungs and cause various health disorders such as respiratory disorders, asbestosis (fibrosis that causes thickening and scarring of the lungs), lung cancer, including throat cancer, and mesothelioma (cancer in other parts of the respiratory tract such as pleural or peritoneal cancers).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos and suffer a lung cancer, 90,000 of them die every year. This means every 5 minutes, there is one person who dies of asbestos-related illness.
The asbestos issue is not only intended for the good of the inhabitants of your home, but it is also aimed to raise awareness about environmental problems in general, including the safety of factory workers who produce the material because they are exposed continuously to the polluted substance.
In addition, the asbestos awareness campaign is dedicated to saving the river and marine ecosystems from the dangers of exposure to asbestos, which are often discharged into the waters by the factories. Through the food chain, the fish can be contaminated and consumed by the humans. In the end, it will also be dangerous for life widely.
Tips on Handling Asbestos
The first step to dealing with asbestos in your home is the identification of all building materials, which is containing asbestos. The safest way to handle it is to seal or coat the building material so that asbestos fibres or dust is not released into the air. To protect your family from the dangers of asbestos at home, consider the following:
1. Keep the products that contain asbestos from the reach of children and their activities.
2. Place some warning signs on the damaged asbestos material to be shunned by the other family members, especially the children.
3. Do not sweep or vacuum asbestos dust.
4. Do not saw or drill building materials containing asbestos.
5. Do not brush floors or materials containing asbestos.
6. If you can not avoid the floor contaminated with asbestos dust, wipe it with a damp cloth.
Asbestos dust will certainly be a problem when you want to renovate the house. Therefore, you should take an extra precaution before disturbing any asbestos product and consult your problem with the expert who knows how to handle it safely.