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In your community and at home: how you may be exposed to asbestos

In Canada, people who work with asbestos are the ones who are most exposed to it.

You may be exposed to asbestos from materials from other countries or products that have asbestos in them. Some older buildings still contain asbestos. As these structures begin to wear with age or get renovated, you can be exposed to asbestos fibres released into the air and breathed into the lungs.

Do everything you can to avoid breathing in asbestos fibres. Asbestos fibres that are left alone when they are enclosed or tightly bound in a product do not pose the same health risk as asbestos fibres that are released into the air and breathed into the lungs.

Before starting any home renovations or demolition around areas that may contain asbestos, have a professional contractor experienced in removing asbestos safely (which is known as asbestos abatement) inspect your home.

Learn more about the health risks of asbestos.

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