Keeping Your Child Safe From Asbestos

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Having asbestos in your home can be a major health hazard for children. Removing asbestos from your home does take some work, but it's an important step to protecting your child's well-being. Here are some steps to take to protect your children from asbestos in the house.

Where to Check for Asbestos

In older homes, there are many places where asbestos could be. Insulation is a popular place for asbestos, and you may find asbestos in the insulation in your walls or around pipes. Spray-on insulation is one key indicator that there could be asbestos in your home. Exterior materials, such as shingles and siding panels, may also contain asbestos.

These are the first places you should look when you're eradicating asbestos in your home, but it's important to check the whole house for asbestos. Until you have proof that there's no asbestos in your home, keep your child away from spray-on insulation and other areas that might contain asbestos. For instance, to protect children from asbestos in floor tiles, you might want to put down rugs or place young children in an elevated playpen.

How to Detect Asbestos

If you have an older home and no certification that asbestos has been removed, then it's wise to get a thorough asbestos testing. A professional can come to your home to spot-check many areas for asbestos contamination. This may include looking up old appliances to see whether they contain asbestos or not, doing a visual inspection to look for signs of asbestos, and taking material samples to test in the lab. You can focus on areas where your children play or sleep to protect them from exposure to asbestos.

What to Do if You Find Asbestos

If you do find asbestos in your home, then leave it to a professional to remove it. A professional asbestos removal company, like Hazmat Solutions Asbestos Removal, can help you eradicate asbestos that is in your home's structure and in the air. During the repairs, you may want to relocate you family to a hotel or a relative's house in order to avoid continued exposure to asbestos.

Be sure that your asbestos removal team can give you a certification that asbestos has been completely eliminated in your home. It's a good idea to get follow up testing six months from your asbestos treatment to make sure that asbestos is completely gone from your home. By taking these steps, you can protect your health and your children's well-being in the home.

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