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Asbestos in Furnaces

With the winter months upon us, it’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather. While many people have already prepared for the coming winter, many of you have yet to get to those last minute tasks. Before you begin your winter preparations, it is important to consider the dangers that are associated with various parts of your home.

Few people stop and think about the dangers of their home. If you’re inspecting your home heating system, be aware that some furnaces and boilers may contain dangerous asbestos fibers. Asbestos is often used in the insulation found in these appliances. To ensure your safety, contact an abatement company to come out and remove the insulation.

Wear a mask if you need to go near the furnace or boiler. It needs to cover both your nose and your mouth to ensure that you don’t breathe in or ingest any asbestos fibers. It may also be a good idea to wear gloves that you can dispose of later. While you may be tempted to remove the asbestos-filled insulation yourself, it is best to leave this job to a professional who can be sure to completely rid your furnace of the deadly substance.

Asbestos fibers are the only known cause of mesothelioma. Once ingested or inhaled, these fibers cling to the inside of the lungs, scarring the tissue and causing tumors to develop. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma do not surface until many decades past the initial exposure period. This makes mesothelioma incredibly difficult to treat, given its advanced stage at the time of diagnosis.

A Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help

Asbestos fibers are incredibly dangerous. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos fibers due to someone else’s negligence, speak with a mesothelioma attorney right away. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today at 800-781-3955.

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