Asbestos Awareness Week has come to a close, but it’s important to stay safe and alert all year long. Seitz Brothers specializes in the abatement of asbestos and is a certified in the removal of this dangerous material.
What is Asbestos??
-Asbestos is known a a human carcinogen (substance that cause cancer) by the U. S. Department of Heath and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
– Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that became a popular building material in the 1950s. It is still found in many buildings, including hospitals, schools and homes.
-Asbestos was widely used as an insulation and fire proofing solution. In particular, it found its way into products like ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, sprayed coatings and garage roof tiles.
-Increase risk of lung cancer
-Increase of throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder cancer
-Mesothelioma (rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen)
-Asbestosis (an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage)
Factors affect the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease:
- Dose (how much asbestos an individual was exposed to).
- Duration (how long an individual was exposed).
- Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers.
- Source of the exposure.
- Individual risk factors, such as smoking and pre-existing lung disease.
-LEAVE IT ALONE (disturbing asbestos is extremely dangerous, if it’s wrapped around pipping or in other areas of your home, avoid any irritation to that area)
-Call a PROFESSIONAL as soon as possible (do not try to to remove any potential asbestos yourself, it’s a hazardous material that needs to be handled by certified professionals only)
Keep your family safe and remember, Seitz Brothers offers free estimates and is qualified to do asbestos abatement. If you have any questions regarding asbestos, don’t hesitate to call our environmental office located in Tamaqua, Pa at 888-467-1008
References: http://www.cancer.gov/ http://www.take5andstayalive.com/