Asbestos is heat and fire resistant and it is very versatile. It has been used since the late 1800s. Some limits were placed on the manufacture of new products containing asbestos in the 1980s, but you would probably be surprised at how many items in your home today contain the deadly substance.

Asbestos has been used in over 3,000, or possibly over 5,000, products. At home you may be exposed to asbestos in building materials, common household items, small appliances, and auto parts.

Construction Materials

It would be impossible to list all of the construction materials that contain asbestos. It has found a wide variety of applications in construction because it can help prevent fires and contain heat. Construction and building materials that may be in your home, school, or workplace containing asbestos include:

  • Acoustic/soundproofing material
  • Acoustical panels
  • Acoustical plaster
  • Acoustical tile
  • Adhesive material
  • Asphalt flooring
  • Attic insulation
  • Blown-in insulation
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Boiler wall coat
  • Bonding cement
  • Cables
  • Calcium silicate insulation
  • Caulking material
  • Ceiling tiles and lay-in panels
  • Cement pipes
  • Cement siding
  • Cement wallboard
  • Ceramic tile
  • Construction mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.)
  • Decorative plaster
  • Electric ducts
  • Electric wire insulation
  • Electrical cloth
  • Electrical panel partitions
  • Elevator brake shoes
  • Elevator equipment panels
  • Fire doors
  • Firebrick
  • Flexible duct connectors
  • Flooring
  • Flooring backing
  • Furnace cement
  • Heating ducts
  • HVAC duct insulation
  • Joint compounds
  • Masonry fill
  • Paint
  • Pipe insulation
  • Roofing felt
  • Sheetrock
  • Shingles
  • Spackling products
  • Spray-on insulation
  • Textured paints/coatings
  • Tile ductwork
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Vinyl wall coverings

Household Items

Asbestos is often found in small appliances, especially older ones. You may own items that contain asbestos and never become exposed as long as the item stays intact and the asbestos remains sealed off. On the other hand, people have been exposed to asbestos by their hair dryers literally blowing asbestos fibers in their faces. Household items and appliances which can contain asbestos include:

  • Chalkboards
  • Cigarette filters
  • Corkboard
  • Fake snow
  • Generators
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing board
  • Oven mitts
  • Packing materials
  • Potting soil
  • Rope
  • Table tops
  • Talc powder
  • Tape
  • Textiles
  • Toaster
  • Welding rods
  • Yarn


The automotive industry uses asbestos for many parts. People who work in automotive manufacture and repair are at an elevated risk for exposure, but if you work on your own vehicle, you can be exposed, too. These items are safe until they wear down or deteriorate, releasing the fibers. Auto parts that can contain asbestos include:

  • Automobile hood liners
  • Brake pads
  • Clutches
  • Gaskets

Fire Safety

Some industries need heavy-duty fire safety equipment. Working with high temperatures and fire is an inherent part of certain jobs. Some of the commercial applications of asbestos include fire blankets, fire suits, and laboratory gloves.

If you believe that you've become ill with mesothelioma or another serious condition because of asbestos exposure in the workplace, call (877) 724-7017 or email Long & Long Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama today for your free consultation, and ask how we can help you get the compensation you need.