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Asbestos exposure risk high in homes with these issues

Many Minnesota residents live in older homes. While new construction appeals to some people, others are more attracted to older homes because of the architectural beauty or character of such structures. Then, too, many people have inherited older homes, perhaps, living in the same houses where they spent their own childhoods. An old house might have a lot of artistic value, but such homes also often carry a high risk for asbestos exposure.

What is asbestosis?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral mined in numerous regions around the world. Centuries ago, asbestos was found to excel as a noncorrosive, flame-resistant insulator. Ground into fibers and mixed with various ingredients, asbestos was used in countless products including both consumer goods and construction materials. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that the ingestion or inhalation of asbestos fibers could lead to serious – often deadly – lung conditions.

Asbestos exposure at home: Is it a possibility?

Many Minnesota readers may recall the ban the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed on asbestos in 1989. However, such readers may be unaware that the ban was lifted several years later. Many homes throughout the state pose asbestos exposure risks to household members and visitors, particularly homes built in the 1970s or earlier.

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