1 of 6 Don’t inhale any asbestos if you’re pregnant or nursing a child with a congenital defect.
It’s a carcinogen.
2 of 6 If you’ve got a chronic lung disease, you can’t breathe in as much asbestos dust as you would with a regular lung infection.
3 of 6 For some people, breathing in asbestos dust can cause lung damage, and breathing in it while pregnant or breastfeeding can cause birth defects.
4 of 6 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says there’s no safe level of asbestos exposure for anyone.
5 of 6 In the US, there are more than 1.4 million homes and businesses that are not certified as asbestos-free.
6 of 6 How much does asbestos damage an individual’s lungs?
A study from the University of Texas at Austin estimated that a typical home containing 100 cubic feet of asbestos could have a maximum of one lung cancer per 100,000 people.
A study by the University at Albany, in New York, found that for every 100 cubic yards of asbestos that’s used in the US homes, one person is diagnosed with lung cancer.
In New York state, there’s a limit of 300 cubic yards per year of asbestos.
How much do homes in the U.S. use asbestos?
In the U, about 1.2 million homes, offices, and commercial buildings are certified as having at least 20% asbestos in their construction, according to a study by researchers at Cornell University.
1.3 million homes have asbestos in at least one part of their building.
In other words, they contain asbestos.
A recent EPA study estimated that homes in Texas and New York have the highest concentrations of asbestos in the country.
The average household has between 10 and 15 cubic yards, according the EPA.
2.4 percent of homes have at least 10 cubic yards.
3.2 percent have 10 cubic or more, according a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The EPA estimated that in Texas, the average asbestos-containing building in the state is about 6.6 feet high.
4.3 percent of the homes in North Carolina, Arizona, and California have asbestos, according an analysis of state data by the California Institute of Technology.
5.7 percent of U.s. homes have 50 to 100 cubic yard asbestos exposure.
In California, the state has the second highest number of homes with 50 to 150 cubic yard exposure, according data from the California Department of Public Health.
6.5 percent of California homes have 100 to 200 cubic yard exposures.
5 percent of people in New Mexico and New Jersey are at least 200 percent exposed to asbestos.
Source: EPA, A report from Cornell University, University at Buffalo, and EPA, How much is too much?