Firefighters’ Families and Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos
Firefighters can carry asbestos dust home on their clothes, bodies, hair or gear and unknowingly expose their families to asbestos. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, people have died of mesothelioma in the United States as a result of secondhand exposure to asbestos.
Helping Families Harmed by Asbestos
Firefighters are at risk of exposure to asbestos because of the nature of their jobs.
Asbestos is used less today, but many older houses and buildings where fires are most common still contain asbestos building materials. Asbestos is hazardous if it is disturbed and crumbles and turns to dust.