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Deadly Asbestos Fibers Found on Chicago's Oak Street Beach
Date:5/23/2008

TEPS TO MINIMIZE TOXIC ASBESTOS EXPOSURES ON CHICAGO'S BEACHES

Amphibole Asbestos Found at Oak Street Beach is Deadly!

Rare amphibole minerals, several hundred times more harmful to public health than common urban asbestos fibers, exist on Oak Street beach in Chicago. If you can't avoid Lake Michigan beaches, follow these tips to minimize breathing asbestos by you, your family, or pets.

1. Avoid Eating and Drinking at the Beach!

Asbestos and amphibole fibers can contaminate your hands, food, and containers. Eat in picnic areas away from the beach.

1. Avoid Disturbing the Sand!

Microscopic asbestos can be released from the sand when agitated. The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) found amphibole asbestos fibers can be released from wet sand and become airborne.

1. Shower Off and Clean Belongings Prior to Leaving the Beach!

The deadly amphibole asbestos fibers can be found wherever beach sand can go. Wash your whole body including hair, ears, and under fingernails. Pets should also be washed down prior to leaving the lakefront and beaches.

1. Carefully Clean or Isolate Items Used at the Beach!

Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house." (USEPA) Take care when shaking out towels and blankets that may have come into contact with sand. Remove all beach clothing before entering your car or home. Launder clothing, blankets, and towels separately. Store shoes and hard to clean items outside.

1. Avoid Certain Cleaning Methods!

Do not dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos. According to the USEPA, "These steps will disturb tiny asbestos fibers and may release them into the air." The use of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtered vacuums is recommended for cleaning up toxic dust and fibers.

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