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Mesothelioma – Places to Avoid

Thousands of pages of newspaper and magazine copy have been devoted in recent years to the issues that surround mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos. Public awareness is almost always a good thing, and bringing this issue to light has definitely created a positive impact on those that have suffered or could suffer as a result of exposure to asbestos, the substance that’s been found to cause mesothelioma.

One thing that we’ve noticed, however, is that while the coverage of this disease and its causes has been almost overwhelming, guidance on how to avoid this problem arising in your life has been somewhat overlooked. We’d like to remedy that by providing a few examples below of locations and/or materials to avoid in order to minimize your chances of being exposed to asbestos and creating a risk of developing mesothelioma, which is an untreatable disease.

Demolitions of Old Buildings

Demolitions are not only necessary to advance the real estate market, they can also be quite fun to watch. However, being anywhere near the destruction process of a building that was built more than 25 years ago could be dangerous, as asbestos was a substance that was commonly used in those structures over time.

Old Insulation

Asbestos was also used quite frequently as an insulator in buildings until the early 1980’s, and over time the amount of asbestos in insulation has been substantially reduced due to the obvious safety factors that are inherent in this substance. Therefore, if you’re thinking of replacing old insulation in your home or office, make sure to contact a professional to handle it – it could save your life.

Brake Pads

Even now, asbestos is still found quite commonly on brake pads in cars. If you’re a “do-it-yourself” type and you’re thinking of replacing your brakes, you should think twice before proceeding. Contact a licensed auto technician to make sure that the materials you’re working with are safe.

Older Plumbing

Much like insulation, older plumbing and duct work often contained materials that carried asbestos fibers. Again, many of these products have since been changed and removed from the market, but no one knows for sure just how much asbestos exposure is required to trigger mesothelioma. Given that reality, it’s best to avoid exposure altogether.

Overall, asbestos exposure, no matter how slight in nature, should be avoided at all costs. The money you may save by performing work yourself or the enjoyment you get from watching a demolition pales in comparison to the price, literally and figuratively, you’ll pay if you develop mesothelioma. If you have developed this condition, contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Williams Hart immediately to schedule a free initial consultation.

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