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Asbestos Q & A

Posted by Kirby Cox on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 3:14pm.

With the recent flooding in our city taking a toll on several homes, the issue of asbestos is getting more attention. We dug up a really great resource from CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), that answered some common questions about asbestos.

What is asbestos?

It is a natural mineral that is strong enough to resist high temperatures, chemical attack and wear. It insulates well against heat and electrcity. Asbestos, although formerly used in many products, can cause serious health problems.

What are the health risks of asbestos?

The health risks associated with asbestos are only there when fibres are in the air when people breathe. The fibres lodge into the lungs, and can lead to severely impaired lung function, and even cancers of the lung.

When can asbestos be a problem at home?

According to CMHC: "frequent or prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres may still bring health risks. This can happen with the release of fibres into the air when asbestos-containing products break down, either through deterioration as they age or when they are cut. People can put themselves at risk — often without realizing it — if they do not take proper precautions when repairs or renovations disturb asbestoscontaining materials."

 

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