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Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is known as the "silent killer" and is found in homes built before 1990. This video highlights some areas where asbestos may be found.Asbestos is the leading cause of work related deaths in Canada.

Prior to 1990, asbestos can be found in over 3000 common building materials used in your home, including: insulation, furnace duct tape, acoustic ceiling panels, linoleum floor tiles, and plaster walls.

The safe removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials begins with homeowners.

For example, a textured ceiling is considered to be suspect for containing asbestos.

Only a laboratory, which is certified to identify asbestos, can confirm its existence.

For everyone’s protection, all suspect materials need to be tested before any demolition or

renovation work begins.

Breathing in asbestos fibres is known to cause very serious lung disease, including cancer.

Once the microscopic fibres are disturbed, they may become airborne, and can then be

easily inhaled, without any warning signs.

Once inhaled, the fibres can permanently damage your lungs.

It’s important to note that thousands of homes contain suspect materials and that the

risk of exposure is minimal if the materials are in a stable, non-friable condition.

But some may be concealed behind other materials.

If in doubt, consult a qualified environmental laboratory for advice on the safest way to proceed.

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Once the fibres are free to circulate your home, everyone on the property is put at serious

risk.  ASTTBC Certified House and Property inspectors care about your safety and may assist in identifying

potential asbestos containing materials.

Universal Access Standards

SaferHOME Standards Society Guidelines enhance building codes to apply principles of universal access in new construction.