A silicate mineral, is a fibrous, naturally occurring material of varying chemical compositions. Asbestos is used in well over 3,000 products including building materials and goods. Asbestos fibers are flexible and resistant to heat, fire, chemicals, and electricity. This is why they have been used in home and business construction materials, automotive parts, and even textiles.

But when touched or injured, asbestos fibers rapidly break apart into minuscule fragments. They are easy to breathe in and too little to see. They can accumulate in your lungs and harm your health. The American government has outlawed all new applications for asbestos due to this. However, certain applications created before 1989 are still permitted.