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Calgary’s ASTRA Restorations knows the importance of asbestos awareness. Even a cursory inspection for asbestos in your home or commercial or industrial property can save you, your family, or your employees from life-threatening diseases.
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of natural mineral silicates composed of small fibres. Asbestos was once considered useful for its resistance to heat, fire, chemicals, and wear. It was also used as an effective binding medium in combination cement and plastic. Until the 1980s, asbestos was extremely common in building materials and household items.
Today, however, asbestos is primarily known for the health dangers it poses. Since the 1980s, when awareness of these dangers became known, asbestos use has been in decline. This is mostly because governments have increasingly legislated against its use.
Importation of asbestos is currently prohibited in Canada, where a complete ban of asbestos, including its use, importation, and exportation came into effect in 2018.
Nevertheless, asbestos-containing products and materials still contaminate tens of thousands of Canadian homes, leading to thousands of deaths. You may be surrounded by asbestos in your home or workplace. You may also be contacting them in the items you use every day.
Calgary’s ASTRA Restorations stresses the importance of asbestos awareness—identifying asbestos in your home or workplace can save your life.
Remember, asbestos should never be handled by an untrained individual. Handling asbestos releases asbestos fibres into the air. These are much more dangerous once they are mobilized. Only a highly trained individual, like those at Calgary’s ASTRA Restorations should remove asbestos.
If you suspect asbestos in your home, contact ASTRA Restorations for asbestos assessment.