Exposure to asbestos is a frightening reality that is closer to home than you may realise. Do you know for sure if there is asbestos in your home?
If your house was built or refurbished before 2000, there could be asbestos in your home. Asbestos was widely used in houses after the Second World War until 1999 when it was banned. Its strong, malleable, heat-resistant properties made it useful for insulation. Now known are its carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties, and that exposure to asbestos in your home is highly dangerous, potentially causing lung diseases and cancers such as mesothelioma.
Under no circumstances should you attempt to handle or remove asbestos. Instead you should consult specialists to survey your home and safely remove the asbestos.
But where could asbestos be in your home?
There are several different types of asbestos. They are most commonly found in the following places in a household:
- Ceiling tiles
- Fire doors
- Cement flues and sheeting
- Fire blankets and heat resistant gloves
- Boarding around radiators and fireplaces
- Soffit boards
If sealed away and undisturbed, asbestos is of low risk. The concern here is what are the chances of any asbestos being disturbed in your home? If wall panels are broken or damaged, or paint is chipped or peeling where asbestos may be found, it is important that you contact professionals.
What Should I do if I Think Asbestos is in my House?
If you think there could be asbestos at home, under no circumstances should you attempt to handle or get rid of it yourself. Specialist contractors have the means to survey your property and remove any asbestos without the risk of exposing you, your family or anyone else to the asbestos. This is not a matter of work ethic, manpower or tools, but the safety of anyone who could potentially inhale the asbestos dust and fibres.
See our blog, Asbestos and the Renovation Roulette, for more information.
The effects of asbestos exposure might only become apparent many years later and the impact can be devastating. No amount of exposure is safe.
Register Exposure to Asbestos Today
In the unfortunate event that you are exposed to asbestos it is essential that you register this exposure as soon as possible.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a specialist team of asbestos compensation solicitors that deal with asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee basis. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.