Where should you turn to for post wildfire cleanup in Los Angeles County? LA has not been spared from the swathe of wildfires that have roared up and down the western coast of North America. The Lake Fire and the Bobcat Fire have burned down over 60 thousand acres of Los Angeles County in August and September 2020. If your home has been negatively affected by the destruction, you may be looking for a service that can help. Nancie Brown & Associates is a wildfire cleanup service that can help any affected by the wildfires to restore their homes to a safer and more welcoming condition. We are the best cleaning company in Los Angeles, respected for our decades of experience and commitment to excellence.
What to Do and Not Do When You Get Home From a Wildfire
When you come back to a home that has been exposed to the wildfire, you will obviously be relieved that your home is still standing. However, that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been affected by the dangers of the fire. Ash, soot, dust, and other airborne particles may have been deposited both inside and outside your residence. Relatively, wildfires are non-toxic and mainly produce ash that could be found in a home fireplace. However, this can still be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes and cause health issues or exacerbate existing conditions like asthma. However, ash, dust, and debris from burned buildings and other man-made objects can contain hazardous materials, even carcinogens, like asbestos, arsenic, and lead. For your safety and your family’s safety, be careful when returning to your home after a fire. Follow these fire damage removal tips from the local government:
- Do not let children play in or with items affected by ash.
- Cover your skin when cleaning up: long sleeves, long pants, dishwashing gloves. It’s important to avoid skin contact.
- If ash does get on your skin, wash it off with warm water and soap as soon as possible.
- If you’re dealing with broken material that could cut you (e.g. glass, metals, wood, masonry) wear hardy gloves that protect against cuts and punctures, such as leather or Kevlar gloves.
- An N95 mask should be worn during cleanup, so you don’t breathe in ash or other airborne particles. However, they do not protect from gases.
- Do not use leaf blowers or other tools that stir up ash into the air. Gentle sweeping and wet mopping is the best way to clean an area of ash.
- If using chemical cleaning solutions or if you’re concerned that ash will be stirred up, wear safety goggles (not safety glasses).
- Wear safety shoes, or at least sturdy, close-toed, high-ankle leather shoes when cleaning areas of fire-related debris.
- Do not use shop vacuums or household vacuum cleaners to clean up ash. They do not filter particles but will instead circulate them.
- Obtain the use of a HEPA-filter vacuum which will filter out small particles.
- Dispose of collected ash in a plastic trash bag to prevent it from getting airborne again when the trash can is emptied of household hazardous waste.
- Shower periodically when cleaning in and out of areas with ash, to ensure that none clings to your skin.
Professional Fire Debris Removal
If you are interested in hiring professional cleaners for the removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-damaged material, you can rely on Nancie Brown & Associates. Property owners have trusted us to restore their homes and make them safe for their families for over 30 years. What makes us such a popular choice? Perhaps it’s our dedication to professionalism: safety, discretion, thoroughness, and communication. Southern California is a hot spot for forest fires that jeopardise hundreds of thousands of homes every year. You may have a homeowner’s insurance company that covers your property in the event of fire or other disaster. Or perhaps you are paying out of pocket. Regardless of your situation, we can help. Choose the residential cleaning experts Los Angeles County and beyond rely upon. Contact us today to begin recovering your home.