Australia has a legacy of being one of the highest consumers of asbestos-containing materials in the world and during the current bushfire crisis it is vital that those responding to the bushfires and those living and working in bushfire affected regions are aware that asbestos may cause an additional risk to their health. 

During bushfires, air quality is diminished due to airborne ash and smoke which can also contain asbestos fibres and suitable precautions should be taken. For more information on the danger of dealing with asbestos in burnt out buildings and how to protect yourself, visit these websites to be better informed:

https://asbestosawareness.com.au/bushfires/

https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/property-hazards-following-a-bushfire-fact-sheet

And below is a short video by Cherie Barber with more information about asbestos exposure and the recent bushfires:

Hey Guys. As promised, here is my video on asbestos exposure in the Australian bushfire crisis containing correct facts. Please share as far & wide as you can as people are returning back to their home sites with asbestos fragments laying around, under their feet, potentially exposing themselves to asbestos fibres. This is such an important message for all Aussies to know that hasn't really been addressed in any of the media coverage so far. Your help is appreciated for us adults & all children too! C x

Posted by Cherie Barber – Renovating For Profit on Monday, 6 January 2020