Children and Asbestos: What Every Parent Needs to Know
In an age when almost anything seems possible, it’s mind-boggling that we can’t find a solution to the problem of asbestos in our environment.
Responsible for thousands of deaths around the world, this issue doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. The next victims of asbestos exposure could be children who are not aware of the dangers and are not armed with the knowledge of how to protect themselves.
Children will jump, skip and slide on any surface. They’ll pick up rocks, pebbles and other small pieces of material to play with. Kids will make mud pies out of soil and turn old sheds into clubhouses, regardless of their state of disrepair.
They’re often unaware of the danger that could exist in their neighborhood — or even their own backyard.
But we know. And the sooner we educate our children about the dangers of asbestos, the better.
Unfortunately, the risk of asbestos exposure is not going away. In fact, it will worsen as time goes on.
Any home built before 1980 is likely to contain deadly asbestos, predominantly in walls and roofing constructed with asbestos sheeting — a matrix of cement and asbestos fibers.
As these asbestos roof sheeting age, the cement used to hold the asbestos fibers in place deteriorates. When this occurs, a deadly mix of cement dust and asbestos fibers are carried with the wind into the environment.
Breathing in this dust can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases up to 50 years from the initial exposure.
Rather fit nutec boards, or other ceiling or roofing options.