Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber frequently used in building materials. It’s commonly used in insulation and fire resistant materials because of its thermal qualities. In years past asbestos was widely used in many industrial, commercial and home applications. In recent years the use of asbestos-containing products has significantly declined in the United States, and strict guidelines have been implemented regarding how these products can be safely removed and disposed of when detected. One could prevent exposure by having materials tested before entering the demolition phase of a project. Before ripping out walls or floors, have the materials tested. It could save a life.