Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world which is what makes the Asbestos Awareness Month's aim to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes so important.
With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance, the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it in and around homes, cannot be overstated.
During November Asbestos Awareness Month, The Asbestos Awareness Campaign aims to educate all Australians about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it. Many wrongly believe that ONLY fibro homes contain asbestos.
Asbestos products can most likely be found in ANY Australian home built or renovated before 1987 even brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes.
Asbestos can be found under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind 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 - it could be anywhere.
It's vital Australians take the warnings seriously, that they stop playing "renovation roulette" and protect themselves and their families from exposure to asbestos fibres during renovations and maintenance.
Australians need to think smart, think safe, think asbestosawareness.com.au - it's not worth the risk.
During Asbestos Awareness Month Australians can host a 'Blue Lamington Drive' to raise awareness of asbestos in homes and help raise vital funds for the Asbestos Disease Research Institute and Support Groups by visiting www.bluelamington.com.
The Asbestos Awareness Campaign was launched in 2011. Working closely with stakeholders including local and state governments, not-for-profits, research organisations and businesses; in 2013 the campaign was rolled out Australia-wide as the National Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign.