Let’s talk about asbestos awareness. You’ve probably worked and lived around asbestos for much of your life. Asbestos was commonly used as recently as 25 to 30 years ago in wallboard, floor, and ceiling tiles, in the brakes on your automobile, and even in household items like common hairdryers.
If your home is more than 30 years old, you may even have asbestos shingles on the roof. Due to its fire retardant and insulation qualities, asbestos has been used in the construction industry for ceilings, ducts, pipes, walls, and in everything from patching compounds to fire blankets and fire retardant clothing throughout most of the 20th century.
You’ve now seen examples of asbestos used in a variety of buildings for many years. The benefits of using asbestos in so many applications seem to far outweigh the dangers associated with it. However, in recent years, the hazards of asbestos have become known and understood.