It's National Asbestos Awareness Month

Published Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

A licensed contractor removes asbestos products from a home in Fairfield City.

Council’s Household Asbestos Removal Program is under way and runs until Friday 2 December 2016.

Registrations are full, but residents can apply when we run the program again next year. The free program is open to all Fairfield City Council residents.

Council arranges for licensed, professional contractors to collect loose, bonded asbestos materials up to a maximum of 10 square metres.

The program was put in place to make residents aware of the dangers of asbestos, to help residents dispose of asbestos correctly and to prevent the illegal dumping of asbestos and it coincides with National Asbestos Awareness Month (November).

Asbestos can be in any home built or renovated before 1987. Did you know that one-in-three Australian homes contain asbestos?

If left undisturbed, asbestos generally does not pose a health risk. However, when disturbed during renovations and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released into the air. If inhaled, these fibres can cause life-threatening diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer.

Asbestos is commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, garages, sheds, outdoor toilets and fences. Before you renovate your home, find out where asbestos could be and how to deal with it safely.

If you find asbestos in your home don’t touch it and get a licensed professional to remove it for you.

Residents can visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au for more information.