December 4, 2013 – Have you worked on a DIY or “do it yourself” home renovation in the past few months? If so, you are not alone. More and more homeowners are undertaking home renovation projects themselves rather than hiring more experienced contractors or home renovation companies. If you are amateur home renovators, you unknowingly may be putting your entire family at risk for exposure to asbestos.
The toxic mineral asbestos can be found in many older American homes. During home renovations, dangerous asbestos fibers can be released into the air. Exposure to asbestos fibers can result in serious and potentially fatal medical conditions including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. If home renovators do not take the proper precautions when dealing with asbestos, the home renovator, as well as their entire family, could be exposed to the dangerous fibers.
Even minimal exposure to asbestos can cause significant medical problems. Children crawling on a floor covered in asbestos fibers and family members who breathe in asbestos fibers may all develop asbestos-related diseases. Wives who regularly wash asbestos fibers out of their husbands’ clothes have also developed asbestos-related diseases.
One of the easiest precautions that all home renovators should take is to wear appropriate respiratory devices. Home renovators should also check for labels and stickers that indicate the presence of asbestos, especially under older floor coverings, on the back of linoleum and in ceiling insulation. If asbestos is found, home renovators should contact experienced asbestos removal companies for assistance. Taking these simple precautions during home renovation projects can help keep you, and your entire family, safe from asbestos exposure.
Philadelphia Asbestos Lawyers at the Shein Law Assist Families Affected By Asbestos-Related Diseases
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensation. For over 30 years, the experienced Philadelphia asbestos attorneys at Shein Law have advocated for the rights of victims of asbestos-related diseases. With offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Pennsauken, New Jersey, our attorneys are conveniently located and ready to work on your behalf today. Call the Philadelphia asbestos attorneys at Shein Law at 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) to schedule a free consultation or contact us online.