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Risk of Asbestos Around Children

Asbestos is a natural fibre that was once used commonly in homes as insulation, fireproofing and soundproofing. It was also used in many schools and other public buildings. That means your children may be being exposed to this material, which has been found to have detrimental health effects. Here at Hay Enterprises, we are the experts in asbestos removal in Newcastle and can help get it out of your home or other property. This is important because asbestos carries many risks for kids.




The biggest risk of asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, which poses a higher risk for children because their lungs and respiratory systems are still developing. Children also breathe faster than adults, which means they can inhale more asbestos. Mesothelioma is a rare kind of cancer and almost all cases are a result of asbestos exposure. Spending time around asbestos or around people who work with asbestos are the top causes of this kind of cancer among children.


Lung Cancer


Lung cancer is another potential problem that children might face with prolonged exposure to asbestos. Most of the people who suffer from lung cancer are those that work around asbestos for many years, but children living in homes or attending schools where there is asbestos may also be at risk. Being exposed to another carcinogen, such as cigarette smoke increases the risk. Children may not experience this disease until later in life as it takes a while to develop for some people.




Asbestosis is a respiratory disease but is non-cancerous. This condition is caused when children breathe in asbestos fibres, which then scar the lung tissue. Symptoms include a distinct crackling sound in the lungs and trouble breathing. As the disease progresses, your child could experience a cardiac event that can be deadly. This condition is generally caused by working around asbestos but children who live with an asbestos worker are also at risk. Schools are taking measures to be sure that the kids are safe while in the classroom.


Other Cancers


Some other cancers can be linked to asbestos, including some types of stomach, kidney, colon, larynx, oesophagus and oral cavity. As with the other illnesses on this list, the risk is higher with prolonged exposure and children seem to be at a bit higher risk since they’re bodies are still developing. We can help you take measures to mitigate asbestos and protect your family.


Call Hay Enterprises today or contact us online for help with your asbestos removal needs. We can help identify if you have asbestos as well as remove it.


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