DIY home ren­o­va­tors be wary of the as­bestos risk

Midwest Times - - REAL ESTATE NEWS - John Jar­ratt John Jar­ratt is an am­bas­sador for As­bestos Aware­ness

Aussies are be­sot­ted with ren­o­vat­ing. We’re in­fat­u­ated with DIY lifestyle pro­grams and the plethora of dec­o­ra­tor prod­ucts de­signed to ex­cite the ren­o­va­tor in us.

But what hap­pens when we ig­nore the risks and don’t take the warn­ings about as­bestos se­ri­ously? We could be risk­ing our lives and the lives of our loved ones if deadly as­bestos fi­bres are in­haled.

As­bestos-re­lated dis­eases are not a thing of the past. Ev­ery 14 hours, one Aus­tralian loses their life to mesothe­lioma. Ev­ery 13 hours another 13 fam­i­lies re­ceive the tragic news that a loved one has the dis­ease that will take their life, usu­ally within months.

All too of­ten I’ve heard peo­ple say that they don’t worry about the warn­ings, that they don’t think it will af­fect them, that they’re bul­let-proof when it comes to as­bestos. Well, with one-in-ev­ery-three homes con­tain­ing as­bestos in some form or another, home­own­ers and tradies could be risk­ing their lives and the lives of fam­i­lies (even their kids) if they don’t take the warn­ings se­ri­ously.

As­bestos could be lurk­ing in any home built or ren­o­vated be­fore 1987, in­clud­ing brick, weath­er­board, clad and fi­bro homes. As­bestos was used in hun­dreds of prod­ucts and if th­ese prod­ucts are dis­turbed dur­ing ren­o­va­tions, that’s when fi­bres can be in­haled and can kill.

Death from as­bestos is not a thing of the past. While we don’t know how many fi­bres it takes, what we do know is that the more fi­bres in­haled, the greater the risk to our health.

To­day, as­bestos re­mains one of the great­est health threats to fam­i­lies and trades­peo­ple who dis­turb as­bestos dur­ing ren­o­va­tions and main­te­nance.

Ev­ery Aus­tralian needs to know that when it comes to as­bestos, they’ve got to go slow, be­cause as­bestos is a NO GO! Visit as­besto­saware­ to learn what you need to know!”

As­bestos could be lurk­ing in any home built or ren­o­vated be­fore 1987. They’ve got to go slow. John Jar­ratt

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