It’s that time of year – people are heading upstairs to the attic or other storage space to fumble through their holiday décor and wrapping essentials. They’re pulling out boxes, shifting large items and possibly disturbing asbestos. This is especially probable if your home was built before 1990, when asbestos insulation was common.

From 1919 to 1990, a mine near Libby, Montana, was the source of over 70 percent of all vermiculite sold in the United States. The insulation, which was often used in attic floors and walls, was usually sold under the brand name Zonolite. In older attics today, you may still come across asbestos insulation, and disturbing it can put you at risk for mesothelioma.

So, what can you do to avoid releasing asbestos particles into the air and putting yourself in danger? Take a look at the attics and asbestos exposure infobyte below:

attics and asbestos exposure

Keep yourself safe this holiday season by being knowledgeable about attics and asbestos exposure and preventing its devastating result, mesothelioma. No level of asbestos exposure is safe.

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