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Asbestos can Damage the Air You Breathe

Posted on April 04, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

Today marks the 4th day of the 2014 Global Asbestos Awareness Week and at our Alliance Environmental Group Inc sister company we have discussed several topics about asbestos. Today, we will be discussing how asbestos fibers can damage not only your health but the air you breathe. If there is any renovation or construction inside an area that may contain asbestos or the asbestos is disturbed, asbestos fibers can become to spread throughout an indoor environment. Since asbestos fibers do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water the fibers can remain in the air or in the water for a long period of time before the fibers settle. When breathe in, the fibers can get trap in the lungs, and over time, even years can pass until you notice symptoms that may trigger complications on the lungs.

When someone is exposed to asbestos that has been in the air there are two main factors that have to be considered. The first one is how long the person was exposed. The second factor is how long it has been since the person was first exposed to asbestos. When asbestos are present in your system, the asbestos fibers can take hours for the asbestos fibers to be withdraw from the body but some fibers may move through an individual lungs and can take years and may never be removed from your body. It is important that the indoor air in your environment is clear from asbestos. If there will be any renovations and asbestos is found it has to be removed immediately. Although, asbestos is not banned in the country, there are still products that asbestos can be present. Below is a image that illustrates where asbestos can be found in a home. Take pre-caution when renovating near these areas, so that the asbestos is not disturbed and deposit in the air.


Asbestos locations in home

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