The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

BEWAREOFTH­EHIDDEN FLAWINY OURWALLS

- ALEXANDRIA UTTING

THERE are no sec­ond chances when it comes to as­bestos ex­po­sure.

With one in three Aus­tralian homes con­tain­ing as­bestos, home ren­o­va­tors are in­creas­ingly risk­ing ex­po­sure to the deadly min­eral when re­mod­elling their homes.

As­bestos Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee chair Peter Dun­phy warned DIY ren­o­va­tors there is no safe level of ex­po­sure to as­bestos.

“Peo­ple are keen to ren­o­vate and it’s only af­ter they dis­turb an area they re­alise there is as­bestos,” Mr Dun­phy said. “Many home­own­ers, ren­o­va­tors, tradies and handy­men are putting their health and the health of fam­i­lies at risk when do­ing home ren­o­va­tions.”

The as­bestos ly­ing dor­mant in Chris Ap­ple­ton’s Brighton home was not ex­posed un­til his six-yearold daugh­ter Mar­ley knocked the wall with her rock­ing horse.

Liv­ing in a home built in the 1980s, the land­scaper wasn’t tak­ing any chances with his fam­ily and as­bestos ex­po­sure – hav­ing the area of the home tested straight away.

“As a tradesman, I knew there was as­bestos in the home be­cause it was built in that pe­riod of the 1980s,” Mr Ap­ple­ton said.

As­bestos was de­tected and re­placed by cer­ti­fied re­movers.

“Peo­ple should get their prop­er­ties tested, there is no way I would smash through walls with chil­dren around with­out know­ing what’s in there,” Mr Ap­ple­ton said, “And at the end of the day I can sell my prop­erty know­ing it’s as­bestos free.”

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AS­BESTOS ALERT: Chris Ap­ple­ton with daugh­ters Penny and Eadie at their ren­o­vated Brighton home. Pic­ture: Mark Cranitch
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