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Council reminding residents to ‘think smart’ when dealing with asbestos

Shoalhaven City Council is currently working to raise awareness to the dangers of dealing with asbestos when renovating or maintaining homes.

Spreading the message as part of Asbestos Awareness Week taking place from 21-27 November, Council is reminding residents to ‘Think Smart, Think Safe’ when dealing with this potentially deadly building material.

With as many as one in three Australian homes containing asbestos, Asbestos Awareness Week aims to further educate local homeowners and handymen to the risks of being exposed to asbestos fibres.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said that with a lot of residents undertaking home maintenance and renovations prior to and during the Christmas break it was vitally important residents were fully aware to the dangers of asbestos.

“Many local residents may be unwittingly putting the health of their family and themselves at risk because they are not fully aware or do not understand the risks posed by asbestos,” said Clr Green.

“Shoalhaven City homes built or renovated prior to 1985 are likely to contain traces of asbestos and while left undisturbed this will not create a health risk however it is during the maintenance or demolition of these homes that problems can arise.

“By disturbing the asbestos, small fibres are released into the air which can be inhaled and may lead to cases of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.”

“It is important that all Shoalhaven residents who might be thinking about renovating or removing asbestos think smart and not put themselves or loved ones at risk of contracting one of these serious diseases later in life.”

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