Checked to see what was going on behind the electrical socket, and discovered this fibrous wire insulation.

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Also, I think who ever installed this 3 prong outlet in the first place did so illegally because the ground pin is not connected to anything, nor was the outlet labeled.

Edit: Another 2 images from a grounded socket:

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  • "probably" or "almost certainly" regarding is it asbestos. What label did you expect to see on the outlet? Do you mean a UL rating? If the wire is only 2 conductor then it at least points to a high liklihood that it is not grounded as there may not even be a ground. That is a metal box, so if it was run via conduit then "it probably is grounded" by means of the chassis, but you are right it should be wired with a ground, to the box if that is the case. I'd recommend calling a contractor because you sincerely do not want to risk breathing the dust. – noybman Jul 28 '19 at 15:55
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    That does not look like asbestos fibres to me - or at least like the asbestos fibres I have seen in the past... But get someone to check as guessing from images on the net is not perfect. – Solar Mike Jul 28 '19 at 15:57
  • Yea, I should have really prefaced it with 'treat it as ...'. Even with these high quality photos the potential is still there. I was not aiming to say "yes it is" – noybman Jul 28 '19 at 16:07
  • @noybman did not pick on your comment - we were writing in parallel - only saw yours once I posted mine. – Solar Mike Jul 28 '19 at 16:15
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    I certainly breathed it already by accident /: Some threads state that a ungrounded 3 prong outlet needs to be labeled no equipment ground when the ground isnt connected to anything. – CausingUnderflowsEverywhere Jul 28 '19 at 16:16

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