Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health.
Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years.
Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof ...
As older populations tend to stay more at home, the chances of a fall occurring increase due to a combination of aging and environmental conditions that may promote falling. The chances of falling are still present even with attentive staff on hand for older adults.
Older adults are more vulnerable because their reflexes along with physical abilities have become more limited compared to their younger days. Young adults react faster which often means catching themselves before they fall. Older adults tend to ...
Whether you started a renovation project before COVID-19 and social distancing went into effect or you urgently need a plumber today, you may need to bring contractors into your home at some point. If you decide to move forward with a renovation or repair, you’ll want to be extra careful for the safety of both you and your contractors.
Have Online / Virtual Meetings When Possible
Many homeowners halted renovations when the pandemic hit. However, consultations, walk-throughs, and initial meetings are happening online. ...
Lead contamination has been in the news recently, most notably in cities where the water supply have been tainted by the presence of lead. However, one of the most common sources of lead contamination originates from lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978. The dust from that lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning which affects families around the world.
Any lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978 may be under ...
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that has struck thousands of people across the US. This form of cancer is rare. The source is exposure to asbestos particles in the air. Those who have contracted mesothelioma were at some point exposed to airborne asbestos fibers over extended periods of time.
But what is mesothelioma and how does asbestos cause cancer to form in the lungs?
Understanding how it develops helps to identify if you may be vulnerable to this horrible form of cancer.
What is Asbestos?
Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home. It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues.
A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ...
There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for.
Most Common Health Hazards
Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been ...
The recent events in Flint, Michigan have led many families to become concerned about the drinking water in their homes. However, they may be overlooking another source of lead that is coming in through their open windows.
Lead may still be present in the paint and wood of homes in the US that were constructed before 1978. Every time a window is opened, the fine lead dust is disturbed. Children are especially vulnerable. They are closer to the ground and more likely to ...
The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home.
Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold
This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping ...
The latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally.
However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put ...