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Preventing Childhood Asbestos Exposure

Preventing Childhood Asbestos Exposure

There are various asbestos-containing products and materials a child could be exposed to. For the most part, these materials are not harmful if left alone. Once the materials are broken or disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released and inhaled.

In the past, asbestos has been found in:

  • Crayons
  • Various toys
  • School building materials
  • Materials in your home

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act requires schools to prevent exposing their students to asbestos. The Act does not require the removal of asbestos, but it does require identification, monitoring and management of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) within a school building.

If you are renovating your home, you should take steps to protect yourself from asbestos, as well as your children. Before a home renovation or demolition project, have an inspector check for ACM. A specially licensed contractor may need to remove the materials if they are damaged or will be disturbed as part of the renovation.

If you or a family member has developed an illness related to asbestos, please contact the Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP, to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney serving Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.