Did you know that literally thousands of products were made with asbestos fibers throughout the years? Many homeowners are aware that houses built before 1990 are bound to have some asbestos construction materials, used for the strength, insulating, and heat-resistant qualities of asbestos fibers. Fewer people are aware that chrysotile asbestos, in its natural state, was used for decorative purposes, as well.
From the mid-1930s to the 1950s, chrysotile asbestos fibers were packaged and sold as fake snow. Such products were originally made of cotton batting, but the use of asbestos was suggested to reduce house and retail fires during the holidays. The white fibers closely resembled snow.
This resulted in heavy asbestos exposure each year during the holidays both at home and in public. The fake snow was so convincing that it was even used in films. The cast of The Wizard of Oz got a big dose of exposure to asbestos during the poppy field scene of the film.
Consumers, actors, and families exposed to asbestos all those years ago have reason to worry today. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration agree that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Those that have been exposed should alert their doctors, so they can monitor your health if respiratory problems arise. It might be a sign of an asbestos-related disease.