A survey by British Lung Foundation has found that over two-thirds of people who own homes may not be confident of identifying asbestos in their homes; putting them at high risk for adverse effects.
The survey of 2,000 homeowners revealed that over 45% were not aware that asbestos is used in many building materials. Asbestos is linked to the cancer mesothelioma and other lung diseases like asbestosis.
The survey by the BLF indicates that 65% of the people are not aware of these issues, while 77% did not know how to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos is no longer used in buildings although it was a massively used material in 20th century construction plans.
The advice from the BLF is to contact local authorities if you want to tear down a building so that safety measures can be put in place.