How Are Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos?
From flooring tile to roofing materials to insulation, asbestos-containing products were used in the construction of many commercial buildings and houses built before the 1980s. Undisturbed, asbestos does not usually pose a risk — that is why we don’t see more people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. However, when asbestos-containing products are damaged or begin to break down as an older building goes up in flames, tiny fibers can be released into the air. When inhaled or swallowed these fibers can become trapped inside a firefighter’s lungs, abdomen, or heart, and eventually cause mesothelioma.