ASBESTOS IN THE HOME
Many home appliances contain asbestos
Despite the known dangers of illnesses stemming from exposure to asbestos, many consumer products used in homes
every day still contain this dangerous carcinogen.
Because of the long latency period between exposure to asbestos and the
development of symptoms of diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and
asbestosis, these home appliances should never be opened for any reason.
Common home appliances known to contain asbestos include:
Curling and flat irons
Electric fryers, fry pans and other small kitchen appliances.
These appliances all contain asbestos in their heating elements to prevent
the appliances from overheating and creating a fire hazard.
Automotive brake parts
Home mechanics should follow manufacturer instructions carefully and wear
respirator masks whenever working on brakes or
gaskets, as both parts contain asbestos. Care should also be used in
cutting and using electrical tape to make sure the fibers are not released into
Ironing board covers
At one point, some cigarette manufacturers used asbestos in the filters of
their cigarettes, but they have not been used since the 1950s. Heat pads,
stove mats, reflective potholders and mits, as well as ironing
board covers also contained asbestos at one time.
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