The long, laborious process of returning a burned down property to a safe state begins when crews in masks, Tyvek suits, and booties begin combing through every part of the property decimated by fire. Things like burned bottles of bleach melted cans of paint and corroded car batteries can be a potential hazard and must be tagged and removed. When properties burned down so do the toxic chemicals they contain. You’d be surprised how much of that stuff survives a fire.
Household fires also leave behind a large amount of dust, which may contain hazardous material. There could be radioactive isotopes from burned-up antique cookware, cupboards of incinerated household cleaners, and asbestos from the old siding. Heavy metals, chemicals, and biological contaminants left behind demand a cleanup of an extraordinary scale.
There is just such a long list of hazardous materials that are partially burned and scattered about in the debris after a fire. It is not safe for people to sift through the debris for any possessions to salvage until the toxic waste is cleared.
People focus on the immediate effects of fire but there are all kinds of ripple effects that flow from these events, ranging from the enormous respiratory and cardiac effects from the hazardous dust left behind.
Many of the properties are older, with roofs that may have been shingled in asbestos, filled with treated wood that can release arsenic and chromium when burned. An incinerated television can expose heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Even seemingly innocuous items, such as collectible antique Fiestaware crockery, may contain radioactive uranium. Mercury can leak from old thermometers.
If the breeze comes through and hazardous ash blows through windows and doors and comes in contact with a person, it’s a health and safety issue.
That ash could contain a lot of toxic hazards. Risks from exposure to various chemicals found at burn sites range from acute reactions to more serious, long-term problems, with much unknown. Even a few fibers of asbestos could be a health impact.
A shovel, a pair of gloves, a dust mask aren’t the best ways to get rid of hazardous dust. It takes longer than anticipated time to handle asbestos dust during and after removal using these traditional methods. If asbestos dust is handled effectively, it can decrease the operation time and speedup waste management after removal work.
Even when the scale of hazardous dust is huge after a property burned down, safety and disaster recovery personnel tend to rely on a small non-compliant commercial vacuum quipped with an under-sized HEPA filter.
These sub-standard vacuums aren’t any more effective than traditional methods using shovels and stuff. They won’t help speed up the process of removal and accomplish the task in the least amount of time. This person needs to inspect the size of hazardous dust and select a decent suction method, accordingly, to carry out the cleanliness drive in an effective manner.
Bad choices make personnel ignore the cleanliness drive due to non-performing equipment. They are forced to use equipment that doesn’t suite hazardous waste removal, which increases the chances of contamination coming in contact with property dwellers. Unpurposeful equipment puts site personnel, surrounding workers and environment at risk.
For the successful removal of hazardous dust, you need a Certified Type H Industrial Vacuum Cleaner that uses Plastic Bag to collect hazardous dust rich in asbestos, heavy metal, and other toxic stuff, equipped with Over-Size HEPA Filter, great suction power, 10M Long hose, and Heavy Duty Industrial Tools. Certified Type H industrial vacuum cleaners are easy to decontaminate, suck in every piece of dust regardless of contamination, and are durable and mobile.
Their modular design allows seamless scale up and down as required. The lower operational cost, a compact design to allow seamless maneuverability, simple usage and maintainability makes a Certified Type H Industrial Vacuum Cleaner perfect for most cleanup operations involving hazardous dust. Did you know these vacuum cleaners are 100% recyclable and qualified personnel are available on-demand to keep the vacuum operational?