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Watch out For Your Bauble Heirlooms

One of the most important Christmas traditions is the annual putting up of the Christmas tree and getting the box of decorations, lights and baubles out of the attic.

However, there is a possibility that some of your baubles which are family heirlooms could pose a serious health risk as they may contain asbestos.

Asbestos was used for Christmas decorations back in the 1930s and 1940s, often to make fake snow. People would actually buy packets of asbestos and strew them across the tree branches to look like snow, as in those days often the trees were lit by real candles and asbestos, being flame resistant, was thought to be safer than cotton wool. In addition asbestos was added to baubles, wreaths and other decorations which had fake snow on them.

If you have any decorations from that period, which have fake snow on them, the advice is to contact the authorities who will help you to dispose of them.

Newer baubles, those from the 1950s onwards, do not have the same problem.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP  at  (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation. You may be entitled to an asbestos payout as part of an individual or class action lawsuit.