Christmas Decorations in the Attic Might Be Sprinkled with Asbestos

Crawling into the attic this month to pull out the old Christmas decorations that grandma left behind might not be the wisest thing to do , especially if you live in an older home anywhere near the snow belt.

It might be safer just to leave those decorations where they are. Leave those aging wreaths and sentimental ornaments alone.

The snow used in “The Wizard of Oz” wasn’t snow at all. It was asbestos.

An estimated 30 million homes in this country, mostly in the Midwest and Northeastern states, still have attics with Zonolite insulation, which contains the asbestos-filled vermiculite. It’s where a lot of Americans go each December to find their stored-away holiday decorations.

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