While avoiding asbestos while on the road can take diligence to protect you and your family, it can be done. You may not think much about possible asbestos poisoning, but if you frequently travel and stay in older hotels, you could be risking exposure each and every time. Avoid contracting diseases like mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the lining of the lungs.
Where is Asbestos Lurking?
Asbestos, dangerous microscopic mineral fibers that can lead to various cancers, is typically found in building materials, textured paint, insulation and heat-resistant materials. Banned in 1977, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission, asbestos still lurks in older buildings built before that. This includes hotels, motels and inns where you may be staying on vacation. You should be especially diligent about protecting kids and pets when you suspect asbestos may be present.
Avoiding the Threat of Asbestos?
If you don’t take precautions to stay away from materials containing asbestos, you could breathe the fibers in when they’re released into the air from ceiling tiles and construction materials. As a result, you could contract asbestosis, mesothelioma and other types of lung cancers without even knowing you’ve been exposed. Often, it takes many years or even decades for the diseases to manifest themselves. Asbestos can hide in anything from coatings and stovetop pads to adhesives and hot water pipe coverings. If you do get diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you can get the monetary reward you deserve as part of mesothelioma compensation and settlements. You can get compensated for your medical bills, time out of work, pain and suffering, and more if you have a qualified attorney on your side who specializes in asbestos law.
Be Aware When Traveling
While your own home may be newer and free of asbestos, the same can’t be said for old hotels, business offices and demolition sites, all places you may spend a significant amount of time at when away from home. If you are renting an older vacation home, you often don’t know the history of the structure. Keep an eye on kids and pets, and make sure they don’t eat chipped paint or pick away at old insulation and drywall. Owners of rental homes don’t always take the same care to update the structure, so there could very well be asbestos present.
Remember, asbestos is not clearly identifiable. Unless it’s marked in some way, you won’t know it’s there. It’s wise to simply steer clear of materials you suspect contain this harmful substance. Never try to remove it or touch it, as this can release the asbestos fibers, which you could ingest. The EPA says you should avoid any crumbling drywall or deteriorating insulation, just in case. If you’re visiting an old construction or demolition site for work, don the proper safety work wear, including gloves and facemasks. If you think you’ve come into contact with asbestos or suspect it’s present in the room where you’re staying, report the incident and leave its removal up to the professionals. They can wear HAZMAT suits to take a sample of the item in question, then provide remediation if needed.
When it comes to asbestos, it is important to be vigilant, especially when you spend a lot of time in older buildings, such as hotels built before 1977. Keeping your family safe when traveling is key to ensuring their continued health.
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