Demolition Dust – Protect Yourself

Demolition Dust – Protect Yourself


Hi. I’m Jenifer, an Air Quality Specialist with
the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Let’s lean a little bit about protecting
yourself from asbestos exposure especially during demolition and renovation activities
in your neighborhood. So, as you may know, asbestos is a naturally
occurring mineral that has been used in various types of building materials such as, insulation,
floor tile, roofing and siding. Breathing in asbestos fibers can be harmful
to your health Renovation and demolition can increase your
potential exposure to asbestos and other fine particles, especially if the materials were
not properly removed prior to the demolition activities. Since asbestos can be harmful if inhaled,
so it is important to take steps to protect you and your family if demolition is going
on near your home. There are some easy steps you can take to
reduce your potential exposure. The best way to protect yourself really is
to stay away from demolition sites and buildings that may dilapidated or have visible waste
present. Remember to keep doors and windows closed
during demolition and for a little while after it has been completed. This will help dust out of your home. Inside your home you can Use washable doormats
and area rugs and remember to wash them often. Wipe down pets with a damp cloth after they
have been outdoors You should also use a damp cloth or sponge
when dusting instead of a dry cloth or duster. And Frequently mop your floors that aren’t
carpeted. In carpeted areas, use a vacuum that has a
HEPA filter. HEPA filters help capture fine particles. Outside your home, make sure to water the
ground prior to playing or gardening. You should also use water to wash down your
driveways and sidewalks instead of a broom. That helps keep the dust down. Do you have more questions about asbestos
or demolitions happening in your area? You can go to our website or call the DEQs
Environmental Assistance Center at the number listed on your screen. Protecting yourself from asbestos and other
fine particles during demolition and renovation activities is very very important. So please make sure you share this video with
your friends and family to keep them safe too. Thanks!

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