Shoalhaven Council is encouraging home renovators to check for asbestos before undertaking home improvements.
Many Shoalhaven residents have used the extra time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain and improve local properties. Residents may not be aware that uncovering asbestos during renovations could be put someone’s health at risk.
Asbestos materials are still commonly found in bathrooms, laundries, and kitchens as well as behind tiles and under flooring. If a home was built or renovated prior to 1990, there is a good chance it has some asbestos.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen and inhaling asbestos fibres can cause a number of life-threatening diseases including pleural disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Mayor Amanda Findley is reminding Shoalhaven residents this Asbestos Awareness Week to make sure an asbestos check forms part of their DIY checklist before they start their home improvements
“Research shows that 1 in 5 DIYers have encountered asbestos, but only half sought any kind of professional help to deal with it,” said Clr Findley.
“Additionally, a third admitted to disposing of the asbestos improperly – including in their own household bin or in a neighbour’s bin,” she said.
“Just like plumbing and electrical work, asbestos removal – or jobs around the home that might uncover asbestos – are jobs best left to the experts,” said Clr Findley.