Fire, Smoke & Soot Hazards
Long-Term Cost-Effective Solutions
Building or wildfires can not only damage anything in their path, but they can leave tremendous fallout in the surrounding area, even in spots that have not been touched by flames. Smoke, soot, and ash damage are common hazards in everything from single-family homes and apartments to commercial and industrial mega-complexes, leading to potential health hazards that can last for a considerable amount of time after the fire has been contained.
When your property or a policyholder has been affected by smoke, ash, or soot, it’s critical that you have the air studied and checked for toxicity that can lead to health consequences. At American Environmental Group, we understand how impactful smoke and other fire-related particulates can be on the health of anyone who works or lives in a building. We work quickly to determine whether it is still safe to inhabit a building that has been affected. Our Certified Industrial Hygienists can also provide you with a respiratory protection solution that can include large-scale air purification solutions to make the air safe to breathe again.
Thorough Environmental Inspections
AEG’s Environmental Technicians collect soot samples from representative and random areas within the property and immediate exterior areas to help determine and report potential hazards. All air samples are taken according to widely accepted standards and sent to a certified AIHA laboratory for testing through numerous processes to obtain the most accurate results.
Our team tests for substances, including:
- Carbon black
- Carbonized materials
- Ash content/percentage
Testing after Wildfires
Wildfires are a relatively common occurrence in certain areas due to dry climates and vegetation combined with strong winds. Properties that are either directly or indirectly impacted can receive soot and ash fallout if they are in close proximity to the fire itself. Both interior and exterior fire damage can cause tenant and owner health problems, particularly when soot particles are invisible, making the need for an accurate reading even more important.