November is Asbestos Awareness Month to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.
Asbestos-related diseases continue to increase as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance.
Many people wrongly believe that only fibro homes contain asbestos, but asbestos products can most likely be found in any Australian home built or renovated before 1987, whether it’s brick, weatherboard, fibro or clad homes.
It can be found under floor coverings, be- hind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, dog kennels, chook yards and backyard sheds.
If you suspect you have asbestos in your home: Dont cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!
Check out the NSW Ministry of Health fact sheets about asbestos and health risks at www.health.nsw.gov.au