Renovating over the Easter break-Watch out for asbestos
Renovating over the Easter break? Watch out for asbestos!
The Easter holidays are a great time to start a DIY project in the home but, if you do not take the proper precautions, it can also come with serious consequences. Home renovators in Queensland have been urged to check the government asbestos information service before starting work to avoid any issues with the dangerous fibre. Banned over 30 years ago, the material was once popular in the construction of homes and many older structures still contain it. Asbestos has since been found to be the cause of a number of diseases like asbestosis.
Beware of DIY projects at home
Officials have said homeowners need to be more aware of the threat of asbestos. With the asbestos information line on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and a dedicated asbestos website at www.qld.gov.au/asbestos available to Queensland residents, it is now easier than ever for homeowners to arm themselves with information from all Queensland Government departments and local government authorities with responsibility for asbestos-related matters.
These resources give Queenslanders accurate information relevant to their needs, without the need to sort through unrelated government agencies. The information line and website can quickly give readers important information and help ensure their home projects do not threaten their health.
So, before you start any projects this Easter, check out www.qld.gov.au/asbestos. The site has short films, house plans, expert advice and more information to help you identify where asbestos might be found and what to do about it.
Get in touch with us
For support or more information regarding the effects of asbestos, get in touch with a consultant at the Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Association of Australia by calling 1800 017 758 or filling in an online contact form.