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Old 04-04-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have a question about accessing my attic that has blown-in fiberglass insulation. I have a drop-down ladder from my garage and a few items stored above the garage, which does not have the insulation on the floor / ceiling of the garage. I go up there a couple of times a year to get the Christmas tree, etc. and am only up there a few minutes. 99% of the insulation is undisturbed, but I may have dropped an item on the puffy insulation a few times. There's probably thousands of people that have the same setup as this, but with "fiber phobia" rampant, I thought I'd ask the question if there was much of a health concern from doing this (the house was built in 1988). I do plan on wearing a mask in the future...


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Old 04-04-2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Ayuh,... Be careful ya don't fall down the ladder....

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Likey not fiberglass insulation - probably celulose. A Google will help you identify what you have and allay any concerns.
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Hello all, I have a question about accessing my attic that has blown-in fiberglass insulation. I have a drop-down ladder from my garage and a few items stored above the garage, which does not have the insulation on the floor / ceiling of the garage. I go up there a couple of times a year to get the Christmas tree, etc. and am only up there a few minutes. 99% of the insulation is undisturbed, but I may have dropped an item on the puffy insulation a few times. There's probably thousands of people that have the same setup as this, but with "fiber phobia" rampant, I thought I'd ask the question if there was much of a health concern from doing this (the house was built in 1988). I do plan on wearing a mask in the future...
Like Bondo said, don't fall down the ladder!

That said, don't worry. Unless - for some odd reason - you have an allergy to the cellulose insulation, there's very little risk.

On the other hand, if it'd make you feel better, wear a mask when you go up into the attic.
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If it is blown fiberglass, I'd sure wear a mask and eye protection for when you open that ladder; shards of glass will be looking for your eye.
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If it is white or pink and "fluffy", then it is actually fiberglass. Either way, there is really no health risk from the amount of exposure that you are getting. Wearing a mask wouldn't be the worst idea though. Sometimes it can irritate your throat and you'll be coughing for a bit if you rustle it up enough.
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So, coughing with glass shards in your lungs is not a health risk? Interesting. Sure, you aren't going to die right off, but I can not see how any fiberglass in your lungs does you any good. Bear in mind, I coughed up a carcinoid cancer tumor in 2000, so I am a bit more sensitive to these matters. Mask for sure.
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jklinker, please support your strongly worded comments with ANY shred of evidence. I am not saying that fiberglass insulation would never pose any hazard whatsoever. What I am saying is that a brief exposure a couple times per year as described will have 0 effect on health. This would be the equivalent of smoking a cigar or having a cocktail on a special occasion (albeit less pleasurable )... Again, if you can argue against this in any way, shape, or form, please do so.... That being said, as I've already stated, " Wearing a mask wouldn't be the worst idea".

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