In an era when we can do almost anything possible, the fact that we still cannot look for a solution to the issue of asbestos and its effect on our environment is mind-boggling. This problem does not appear to have an end as of the moment as it’s still one of the reasons why thousands of deaths happen all over the world. Asbestos exposure’s next victims could be kids who are unaware of the risks and are unarmed with the knowledge about how to keep them from being exposed to this toxic material. The sooner we educate our kids regarding the hazards of asbestos, the better. Sadly, the danger of being exposed to asbestos does not go away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, it’ll worsen as time goes by.
Why are our kids gets a huge tendency to get mesothelioma?
The respiratory systems and lungs of children are still in the developing stages. Compared to an adult’s lung, theirs are smaller and have an upper surface area to volume ratio. Moreover, children tend to breathe at a faster rate. As a result, they potentially inhale more asbestos fibers with each breath.
Moreover, kids are prone to be exposed to asbestos by sticking their fingers in their mouths. When they’ve gotten in contact with asbestos particles recently, there’s a chance that they accidentally took in some of its fibers without even knowing it. When asbestos fibers are ingested, it can result in peritoneal mesothelioma.
How can you keep your kids from being exposed to asbestos?
Care for our children, vigilance, and knowledge is the key to combat and be aware of asbestos. Here are some of the things you can do to make sure your kids are protected from asbestos:
- Let them know more about asbestos, where it can usually be found in buildings and houses, and where it comes from.
- Know that you’re the one responsible for buying stuff for your kids. Asbestos has been found in children’s makeup and even in crayons. So, make sure to check the ingredients list before you add it to your cart. s
- Discuss to them that the damage to asbestos materials—due to human intervention, fire, or weather—potentially results in the release of microscopic asbestos fibers into the air that they breathe.
- Encourage your kids to let you know whether they know somebody who tries to remove asbestos from an older house and recommend to them that they should contact an asbestos removal expert than doing it themselves.
- Enlighten them that the people who are working and living in older establishments are safe given that the asbestos-containing materials are well-maintained and in great condition.
- Try visiting the school of your child and ask the school admin whether they have asbestos-containing materials and what measures have been completed to protect the kids.
- Be proactive. Talk to your neighbors and friends regarding asbestos and what they can do to secure themselves and kids from harm.