Renovators Warned About Asbestos

Maitland home renovators will be targeted in a campaign about the dangers of asbestos found inside the walls of many of the city’s pre-1987 houses.

Asbestos can be lurking under floor coverings, behind walls and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions, outdoor toilets and even dog kennels and backyard sheds.

To highlight the dangers of handling asbestos, Betty the educational mobile home, along with volunteers Geoff and Karen Wicks, will visit Maitland on Tuesday.

They will demonstrate to onlookers the surprising locations where asbestos might be found in homes.

Betty is the first of her kind in Australia and the world and is the creation of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute in partnership with the Asbestos Education Committee.

While on tour, Betty will cover 1800 kilometres in 16 days.

Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world because it was one of the top consumers of asbestos and its products in the 20th century. Almost every home built or renovated before 1987 is likely to contain asbestos, while one in three homes contains asbestos.

Betty will be at Maitland Visitor Centre in High Street next Tuesday between 10.30am and 11.30am.

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