With so many do it yourself (DIY) shows promoting the ability to complete home renovation projects yourself, there has been a huge increase in DIY work being done in the home. However, are these do-it-yourselfers taking the proper precautions to protect themselves from the asbestos fibers that may be lurking in their home? The managing director of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Peter Tighe, fears that people aren’t taking the proper precautions and are exposing themselves to toxic asbestos.
Asbestos is a natural compound that is extremely durable and heat-resistant. Because of this, it has been used for centuries in everything from automotive brakes to roofs and insulation to heating and air conditioning. In the 1930s, it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibers can cause harmful illnesses including mesothelioma, a rare and terminal cancer.
If your home was built prior to 2000, it is very likely that there is asbestos somewhere in your home. If asbestos is left dormant, it is not a hazard, but if it gets agitated, the fibers can easily be inhaled. Therefore, all of these DIY projects may be exposing thousands to asbestos fibers.
To protect yourself from asbestos, it is recommended that you do the following:
- Have your home inspected for asbestos
- Have professionals remove the asbestos from your home
- Always wear protective gear, including breathing apparatuses, when doing renovations on your home
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos because of negligent employer or even a home-builder, you may have recourse to file a lawsuit. At The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP, our Baltimore asbestos attorney can help you determine if you grounds for a lawsuit. We have the experience you need and will help you and your family get the compensation you need. Contact us today by calling (410) 625-9330.