Most people are aware of the dangers of asbestos these days, but there are still some asbestos myths that go around.
You might know that you should get a specialist company to remove asbestos from your home, but have you fallen into any of these myths’ traps? Find out here.
1. Asbestos won’t harm you if you get it out of your system
This is not true. According to an HSE survey, 14% of people believed that you can decrease your risk of asbestos by drinking a glass of water after exposure. Even worse, 27% of people thought you’d decrease your risk if you opened a window.
You cannot decrease your risk of getting asbestosis or other related diseases once you’ve been exposed to asbestos fibres. Anyone working with asbestos must wear protective clothing and face masks.
2. New builds are asbestos-free
This is one of the biggest asbestos myths. It depends on how ‘new’ your new build is. Only 15% of people knew that asbestos was used in buildings until 2000, meaning a newer property could still contain asbestos.
3. You can catch mesothelioma
You can’t catch mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs caused by asbestos, from someone that already has it.
But you can catch it if someone you live with works with asbestos and unintentionally brings asbestos fibres home on their clothing.
4. You must remove asbestos immediately if you find it in your home
This is also false. If the asbestos is not damaged, your health isn’t at risk. You could actually harm yourself if you rip out the asbestos, as it will release the fibres into the air.
Make sure you arrange for a qualified asbestos specialist to assess the asbestos and remove it, as they will know how to do it safely.
5. You won’t breathe in asbestos fibres if you wear a mask
Wearing a simple mask you can pick up from a DIY store won’t protect you. That’s why specialist asbestos contractors wear masks with air filtration devices to keep them safe.
It’s always best to get a professional asbestos company to remove asbestos from your home to prevent harm to yourself. And the more effort we all make to bust these asbestos myths, the fewer people will die from asbestos-related diseases.