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by Wendy Stackhouse ยท September 14, 2012

Handy and Healthy: Asbestos Safety

Asbestos insulated boiler

Do you like to do your own repairs and renovations on your home? Your expertise with electrical work or plumbing probably saves you a lot of money. And if you enjoy working with your hands, can give you a lot of satisfaction in a job well done as well.

Don't let that satisfaction be tainted by the health problems that can come from doing the wrong DIY projects.

Now we don't want you to think you're going to die if you came into contact with asbestos one time in your life or if you laid eyes on it. Asbestos is dangerous if disturbed and prolonged exposure--especially if you are smoker--is the greatest danger. But we did come across a story this week of a gentleman in England who liked to do home improvement projects himself and only had one bad day. 37 years ago.

When Geoffrey Newton of Burton-on-Trent decided to replace his central-heating way back when, he also had to remove the white asbestos insulation around it, releasing a cloud of white dust. His wife, Pat says that they didn't think it was a big deal. "At the time, it was known that brown and blue asbestos (there are three types) were dangerous, but not white, so we assumed the dust was harmless."

There are more than three types of asbestos and even more asbestos-related materials that are equally dangerous. No type of asbestos is harmless, as the Newton family learned last year, when Geoffrey was diagnosed. He passed away from Mesothelioma, cancer of the lining of the lungs, in May of 2012. He was 81.

Our condolences to out to Mrs. Newton and their family--and the families of everyone who has been and will be diagnosed with asbestos-related disease. Just because asbestos has not been used in construction and renovation in the US since 1989, but asbestos materials can still be found in older homes.

If you are considering renovations of your older home or experience a natural disaster which exposes asbestos materials, please do not remove it yourself. Call a professional asbestos removal company like Alliance Environmental Group. Our highly-trained teams can remove asbestos from your home quickly and safely and ensure that you and your family are never exposed to these dangerous carcinogens and suffer needlessly from asbestos-related illness.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!

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