Top 10 Smoke Cleaning Tips
With more than 100 wildfires still burning across B.C., and wind direction changing constantly, deciding when to engage in thorough smoke clean-up is challenging.
While final clean-up can begin once the fires are out, home and business owners may be able to take steps in the meantime to limit damage to their property.
We have put together a list of 10 tips to help with smoke cleaning.
- Smoke contamination can travel to areas of property and/or belongings that may not be visible to the untrained eye. Hire a professional with specialized expertise in smoke cleaning to complete a proper assessment.
- If you do clean, remember that the environment may not be safe. Always protect yourself before beginning to clean fire residue: use a disposable dust mask or respirator and wear gloves.
- Smoke is attracted to the coldest areas of a home. These areas will suffer the most damage.
- Swipe windows with a clean white tissue to determine potential contamination:
- Light brown–brown dust: typical household dust
- Grey–black dust: indicates contamination is present and area should be handled professionally to ensure safety
- Do not turn on any electronics, as soot on surfaces and in the air will contaminate the inside of the unit.
- Dispose of open or exposed food to avoid possible ingestion of toxic carcinogens.
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to prevent smoke from entering your home and/or business.
- Consider sealing windows and door frames with tape to prevent smoke from entering your home or business if the building is near an active fire.
- Use an air purifier to help remove particulates from the air.
- Change furnace filters often – every few days or weekly depending on severity of smoke and air quality.
- Call your insurance company to understand what is specifically covered under your policy.
Learn more about what to do when your property is affected by a disaster.
Our free Homeowner’s Guide to Disaster Recovery covers…
- What you need to do if you suffer smoke and other property damage
- How your home and property can be restored to its pre-loss condition
- Answers to frequently asked questions when dealing with disaster and recovery