Firefighters, Asbestos & Old Buildings: What are the Associated Risks?
Firefighting is counted among the most dangerous professions in the world. Every year, more than one hundred firefighters die on duty. It’s unfortunate enough that not many people come to know about their sacrifices. Excessive inhalation of smoke and getting poisoned by carbon monoxide when buildings are on fire are among the main causes of such casualties.
Did you know that more intense infections are caused when old buildings are set on fire, as compared to the new ones? And when these burning buildings have asbestos, threats grow even bigger.
Why is Asbestos So Deadly?
Asbestos is indeed a silent killer. Although it does not seem harmful, it can wreak havoc just through pollution if it is on fire. Whoever breathes the smoke emitted by burning asbestos is surely near death because of damaged lungs. Every firefighter wishes that their duty does not involve extinguishing asbestos.
What’s more threatening is that even the slightest of contact with airborne asbestos might lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a more dangerous form of cancer. Firefighters who have constantly been working under the circumstances that include asbestos are more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Asbestos is most likely to be found in residential areas. To avoid such disastrous conditions, it is recommended that you call any of the asbestos removal companies in California.
Most firefighters have access to the best-in-class fire safety equipment including suits and other gears. A Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is necessary during firefighting. This apparatus has been specially designed for protecting the firefighters against toxic elements like asbestos. An SCBA can save your life. We would recommend you not to take off your SCBA gear as soon as the fire is extinguished. There are still high quantities of toxic elements present in the air. We are not saying this without a strong backing of proven data.
Get Your Asbestos Removed Before It’s Late
A firefighter’s work is hard to replicate, and we salute them for being so effective under immense pressure. Don’t wait until the fire alarm rings. When getting rid of old asbestos sheets, take action, and ask for professional help from CVE Corp. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 619-389-2858.