If asbestos is left undisturbed then the risks are minimised.

If you think that you have asbestos in your home – be very careful when handling it.  It is advisable to seek professional advice if you want your asbestos removed.

It is very difficult to know whether a product contains asbestos.

Places around the home which may have asbestos:

  • eaves, gutters and rainwater fall pipes -asbestos cement
  • fire blankets
  • boilers
  • garage and shed roofs
  • linings for walls, ceilings and doors
  • insulation panels in some storage heaters
  • bath panels
  • central heating flues
  • loose asbestos packing between floors and in partition walls
  • floor tiles
  • ironing boards
  • ceiling finishes
Useful tips:
  • Best to leave asbestos undisturbed
  • Only remove asbestos if it cannot be repaired or it is likely to be disturbed
  • If disturbing asbestos –
  • Protect yourself – wear a facemask, overalls and eye protection – but remember that asbestos fibres are very small and 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.
  • Avoid creating asbestos dust – do not saw, sand, scrape or drill holes in asbestos materials
  • Do not dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.
  • Do not use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring.  Never use a power stripper on a dry floor which may contain asbestos.
  • Do not try to level asbestos floor covering – if you feel it needs replacing – contact a professional – or put new floor covering over it.
  • If you have been working with asbestos – do not drag asbestos material through the house.
  • Be aware of any asbestos dust which may settle on your clothing – it can be inhaled by others and could prove lethal.
  • Dispose of asbestos properly -seek advice from your local environment agency or county council.
  • Contact a professional for advice about the identification or removal of asbestos.

Take 5 and stay alive – British Lung Foundation