Asbestos exposure and it's related disease, Mesothelioma, are probably the last thing on firefighters' minds when they arrive to a burning structure. But these firefighters risk asbestos exposure frequently as they bravely face roaring fires. Their health is jeopardized by the risk of inhaling asbestos fibers in buildings constructed in the early 1900s. These dangerous particles are released into the atmosphere when building materials are destroyed by extremely hot temperatures. Firefighters are encouraged to take mesothelioma prevention steps on a regular basis and in some cases may benefit from litigation when companies fail to follow relevant protocols.
Unfortunately asbestos used to be a common building material. It's primary purpose was to reduce the risk of fire, but now it's putting firefighters at greater risk of harm. According to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, "even though asbestos was used for its fire-resistant and insulating properties, extremely high temperatures can cause the material to breakdown. When it degrades or decomposes, its toxic particles move into the air. Inhalation of these dangerous fibers can cause a variety of health issues, including mesothelioma."
These heroes are sacrificing their health for the safety of their community. Now it's America's turn to look after the safety of our firefighters. We can help them by spreading asbestos awareness while providing them access to routine health screenings, lung scans and the latest mesothelioma treatment options when necessary. If any of our firefighters fall victim to the terrible disease we should also help them find the best mesothelioma lawyers and doctors available. This will ensure they receive the appropriate compensation and financial assistance with medical bills.
When crazy, scary, dangerous catastrophes like the September 11 attacks occur, firefighters and other emergency personal tend to arrive on scene first. They show up with a selfless mission: to help anyone that needs help. Their minds are not occupied with concerns over carcinogens in the air or medical coverage that may be required several years later. We ought to make it our business to help them continue saving lives and putting out fires without troubled minds.
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection has stated that firefighters are at risk of asbestos exposure, which may be present in the following products:
- Roofing materials
- Pipe and/or duct insulation
- Furnace door gaskets
Firefighters are encouraged to follow several important asbestos exposure prevention tips when dealing with any fire damaged building. The department advises that all personnel wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) throughout the overhaul process. They suggest water be used soak potential patches of asbestos that may have been exposed by the fire. Appropriate safety equipment should be worn at all times; especially when cutting through walls or breaking any structural elements. As a final precaution, firefighters are trained to clean the majority of their equipment on scene to prevent spreading any dangerous materials.
The research team at Mesothelioma America hopes that all firefighters get the help and recognition they deserve.
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