Most of us are already thinking about finishing up the working week and we are looking forward to the long weekend that lies ahead.
While many of us will make the most of it and hit the beaches, others might see the long weekend as an opportunity to catch up on all those “to do” tasks that are long overdue – such as completing that DIY home renovation.
If you are engaging in DIY work and your home was built prior to 1990, there is a strong likelihood it contains asbestos. James Hardie manufactured asbestos building products in Queensland well into the mid-1980s.
Statistics indicate that approximately one out of every three homes in Australia contain asbestos.
Here are some common areas where asbestos can be found in your home:
- Internal and external wall sheeting
- Corrugated roof sheeting, ridge capping, gutters, downpipes
- Loose fill insulation in ceiling spaces
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Electrical switchboards
- Insulation on hot water pipes
- Verandah flooring (thick compressed fibro sheeting)
Before you undertake any work, ensure it is safe. If you are unsure about the risk, hire a professional.
All asbestos exposure should be avoided.
Stay safe this Australia Day weekend.
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