Asbestos is a health hazard, although the risk to you and your family is very low from short-term low-level exposure in the home. Asbestos creates a health risk only if it is disturbed or broken up and fibres are released into the air. Don’t expose yourself and your family to this risk.
Asbestos-related diseases generally occur in workers who have had heavy exposure over extended periods of time. Short-term high exposure can sometimes happen during home renovation or maintenance involving materials which contain asbestos. It is always best to avoid exposure as much as reasonably possible.
All types of asbestos fibres are known to cause serious health hazards in humans. There are a number of diseases that can be related to breathing in asbestos fibres, including:
Asbestosis (scarring of lung tissues)
Mesothelioma (malignant cancers developing around the linings of either the chest or the abdominal cavities)
Pleural plaques (thickening of membranes around the lungs which may or may not lead to further disease, and leading to varying degrees of debilitation).
By using a certified contractor to remove and correctly dispose of the asbestos you can avoid the unnecessary danger of exposing your family to the risk.