Asbestos warning: Renovators beware!

shutterstock 412563071-300x200A recent article in the Tasmanian Newspaper ‘The Mercury’ has once again brought the dangers of asbestos to the front of the minds of every single Australian. In today’s blog post, we will summarise some of the key points that were made in the article in an effort to explain to our readers once again why asbestos is so dangerous for you, especially if you are renovating your Brisbane home.

Asbestos in Australia

Did you know that if your home was built before 1990, there is a very high chance that you may have some traces of asbestos in your home? This is the harsh truth that many Australians are facing; whether they are aware of it or not. Perhaps this failure to acknowledge the existence of asbestos is one of the reasons why Australians are recorded to have to highest rate of asbestos-related deaths every year – somewhere between 600 and 700 people die every year.

The Future

One of the really worrying things about asbestos is that if it continues on its current course, the numbers of asbestos deaths will continue to skyrocket. This is only amplified by the current renovation trends in Australia, as people try to emulate TV shows like ‘The Block’ to restore rundown old houses into a modern moneymaking machine. Without the proper education on asbestos, many of these renovators will unfortunately fall prey to the horrors of mesothelioma. Tasmanian senator Lisa Singh has suggested that such a failure of education could result in up to 40,000 Australians being diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses over the next 20 years.

In today’s blog post, we have outlined some of the reasons why asbestos has earned such a horrible reputation amongst Australians. If you suspect that you may have any asbestos in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Area 51 Asbestos today on 1300 273 251 for a comprehensive, affordable and safe asbestos removal service.