From plugging up electrical sockets to buying gates and locks, new parents prioritize their child’s safety by ‘baby proofing’ their entire home before their little one arrives.

Making sure the attic is properly insulated is another and often forgotten way to make sure your home is safe and comfortable for the entire family, including the newest addition.

Good insulation keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, saving you up to ten to fifty percent on your bill as the seasons change.

So as a new parent, it’s important to know what is safe and isn’t safe for the baby. Here’s just a bit of insight on what to avoid when insulating your attic.

Dangerous residential attic insulation installation materials

These next few materials have been linked to causing lung, throat, and kidney cancer.


Asbestos has been used as attic insulation for years. If you’ve identified it lining the attic walls, it might be time to shop for a safer alternative. Asbestos fibers are small and can easily be inhaled by a young family member, and cause serious side effects such as difficulty breathing and lung disease.


Vermiculite is another popular form of insulation. It resembles loose gravel and can expand when heated, offering greater insulating effects. However, vermiculite is often laced with asbestos, therefore carries the same risks associated with the former form of insulation.

Formaldehyde Foam

Urea formaldehyde foam is a sprayable insulation that’s easy to install. After it became a known hazard, the U.S. banned it as a way to insulate your home. This method of insulation was most popular in the ’80s before the ban, so if you’re currently living in an older home, it’s worth checking out.

Safe alternatives

So now, you are familiar with the dangers of attic insulation made from of containing asbestos.

If you have to replace your current insulation with a safer alternative, here’s what materials you can use to avoid compromising your child’s health.

  • Mineral wool
  • Cellulose
  • Cotton

Always worth the call?

Insulating your home can lessen the burden on your HVAC system, saving you money in the end. Not replacing harmful insulation materials is a safety hazard for small children, who are especially susceptible to sickness in their first few months of life. If you fear your attic may be insulated with asbestos-laced materials, make sure to give the Bosworth Company a call for help selecting and installing new insulating material in your attic. Is it worth the call? Well, for you and your family, always.