Asbestos is a toxic, fibrous silicate mineral that was valued for its fire-resistant properties. As such, it was widely used in many buildings and factories until it was regulated in the 1970s.
However, lung cancer and mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer usually impacting the linings of the lungs) are caused by asbestos exposure, and both have a long latency period. This means that those who were exposed to asbestos during or before the 1970s may not exhibit symptoms of lung cancer or mesothelioma until today.
Below, our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys discuss the areas that commonly contain asbestos so you can take the proper steps to protect your health.
Where is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos can still be found in older buildings. The common areas where asbestos may be located include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts
- Resilient floor tiles
- Insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves
- Soundproofing or decorative materials
- Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces
- Houses built between 1930 and 1950
How to Protect Yourself from Asbestos
If you think that asbestos may be in your home or in a building you frequent regularly, leave the material alone if it is in good condition. Typically, asbestos that is in good condition will not release toxic particles into the air unless it is disturbed.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the best way to deal with such hazards is to observe the material for signs of stress and, if you spot any, to contact an experienced asbestos removal professional as soon as possible. Additionally, rope off the area so no one can accidentally come into contact with the substance.
Developed Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma After Asbestos Exposure? Contact Us Today
If you developed lung cancer or mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys can identify any and all liable parties and help you recover the compensation you need for medical bills and lost wages. We have the experience and resources needed to do so, and we’re here to help you through this.
Contact Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. at (844) 383-0565 to schedule a free consultation.