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Fire Blankets

Fire blankets can be used as a safety device to smother and put out a fire. They are also used to shield people and prevent burning. For these reasons, they are often stored in homes and places of business in case of emergency.

Though the asbestos fibers used are strong, they are also extremely thin, making it easy for them to become dislodged from the fabirc and inhaled. Once the fibers have entered your body, serious illnesses can develop. One of the worst is a malignant form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma's only known cause is exposure to asbestos. This rare form of cancer is hard to treat because symptoms, and therefore diagnosis, does not usually occur unitl 40 years after exposure has taken place. By this point, the disease has usually reached the later, incurable stages.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, it does not necessarily mean you will develop cancer. However, symptoms of mesothelioma to be aware of are:

  • Persistant dry cough
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal and chest pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing or breathing

If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos as a result of handling or being involved with Fire Blankets, and if you think such exposure may have caused you or your loved one to become ill with mesothelioma or any other form of asbestos related disease, please contact the lawyers at Clapper, Patti Schweizer & Mason for more information.