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There is no dispute about whether asbestos is dangerous. But if it is left undisturbed, is it safe to leave in place in a school facility?

And the answer: No!

Why is asbestos dangerous if left alone?

Here in California we have earthquakes, mudslides and wildfires with sometimes alarming frequency. On the East Coast, it’s hurricanes and maybe even superstorms, which may bring floods. In the Midwest and the South, tornadoes.

Here’s the thing: any of these natural disasters–plus any man-made situations like explosions, motor vehicle accidents, train derailments, plane crashes–can expose asbestos that was thought to be safe. And release it into your environment and that of your neighbors.

Schools and other public facilities are not immune from these events. Not long ago we were looking at schools in Oklahoma that were destroyed by tornadoes and the Napa Valley earthquake is still being cleaned up–the worst earthquake in that area since 1989. What if those facilities contained asbestos materials? Acoustical tile? Asbestos insulation? Popcorn ceiling? Shingles? Asbestos floor tiles? Here’s a list.

Leaving asbestos in place is risky, but removing it yourself is riskier. If you know you have asbestos materials in your home or commercial building, it is never too early to make a plan to have it safely removed. There is always the danger of a natural disaster exposing children, teachers and staff to asbestos.

If you need asbestos removed from your home or other building, call on Alliance Environmental Group. We can help ensure that your risks in an earthquake do not include the health effects of asbestos exposure.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!