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Asbestos Exposure in the Home
The majority of home building products manufactured today do not contain asbestos, however, this is not the case for those products manufactured prior to the mid 1970s. Many people remodeled or removed these products themselves, often without adequate protection. In the course of this work, products were cut, torn, sawed, scraped, sanded or had deteriorated to the point where dangerous fibers were released into the air and inhaled. Following are some common products which were used in older homes.
In addition, many mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos in their homes because someone in their family brought home the fibers from work. For instance, the children of asbestos workers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. They were exposed when their fathers came home with asbestos dust on their clothing.
Home Asbestos Resources
EPA's Sources of Indoor Air Pollution - Asbestos
U.S. Government's Consumer Factsheet on Asbestos
News Stories about Asbestos Exposure in the Home and Community
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