As many as one in three Australian homes contain asbestos.
November is Asbestos Awareness month and as such is aims to draw attention to this serious health issue.
In the lead up to Christmas when people are undertaking home maintenance and renovations in preparation for the holiday season, handymen, women, home-owners and their children are at risk of being exposed to asbestos fibres.
Did you know that if your house or apartment was built or renovated before the mid 1980s (even if it is brick) that your home will most likely contain asbestos in some form?
- Nearly all homes built or renovated before the mid 1980s will contain asbestos in some form.
- Asbestos is not restricted to fibro homes – it can also be found in brick, weatherboard or cladded homes in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, garages and ceilings, behind tiles and under carpet or lino(among other locations).
- Australia has one of the highest incidences of asbestos related cancers in the world.
- With one in three Australian homes containing asbestos, the acknowledged ‘third wave’ of victims will be home-owners and families exposed to asbestos fibres during home renovations or maintenance.
For more information on asbestos, visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au
Photo: Asbestos Ambassadors Don Burke, John Jarratt, Scott McGregor and Barry Du Bois.