When a person’s home is still standing after a fire, there can be a great sense of relief that the danger has passed. However, this sense can be misleading. Smoke damage leaves residue behind that can be hazardous to a person’s health. For this reason, it is important to hire professionals to do smoke damage cleanup.
Although the dangers of smoke inhalation have long been known, materials used in contemporary households can create additional hazards if burned. For example, asbestos fibers may be released from some types of building material, which can lead to a form of cancer called mesothelioma. PVC may also release a number of dangerous toxins. All-natural materials are not safe either. Many dangerous chemicals are released from wood smoke.
Infants and small children, the elderly and people who are immunocompromised may be particularly vulnerable to health problems as a result of smoke inhalation. Anyone who has asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema may find their symptoms worsened by living in a house that has sustained smoke damage as a result of the contaminants. Eye and skin irritation may also occur as a result of the toxins released as a result of smoke damage.
Many people may be tempted to attempt a cleanup themselves after a fire, but a professional cleaning crew is needed to restore air quality and eliminate smoke particles. A regular cleaning service does not have the equipment or the knowledge to carry out this kind of work.
Fires may happen at any time of the day or night, and afterwards, people are often distressed and want to feel certain that they have the cleanup process underway as soon as possible. Reaching an actual person who is sensitive and knowledgeable instead of a recorded message asking them to call back during business hours is critical. A professional cleaning company, focused on what it does best, may not be able to have trained personnel on call 24/7, but an answering service with a specialty in disaster restoration can. This can make all the difference for people who have suffered through the trauma of a fire and are worried about the short- and long-term health effects on themselves and their loved ones.