Asbestos in the home

What is asbestos? 

Asbestos is a natural mineral. It was used to insulate buildings and protect them from fire. It was also used as a building material from the 1930s to the mid-1980s. 

How is asbestos harmful? 

Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres which you can breathe in or swallow. These fibres can cause several serious and fatal diseases, including: 

  • Asbestosis 
  • Mesothelioma 
  • Lung and other cancers.