What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

A house fire is a tragedy no matter how large or small.  The most important thing to remember is to have smoke alarms, get them checked regularly and have an escape plan with all family members prepared and practiced every 3 months.  A house fire is devastating, regardless of how much damage occurred. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first.

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Posted In: Asbestos, Builders, Cleaners (Exterior), Cleaners (Interior), Fire and Floods, Fire Services Professionals

asbestos removalIf you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos.

A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its strength, fire-proof and insulating properties.

Sounds good so far? Well it’s not. The fibrous nature of Asbestos is a serious health risk when undertaking asbestos removal. There is NO safe minimum level of exposure to Asbestos, so we recommend that you hire a professional Asbestos Remover.

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Asbestos RemoverAn Asbestos removalists is a tradesperson who removes of all forms of asbestos from commercial, industrial and residential properties as well as plant, machinery and ground works. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre, which is found in older homes. It is hazardous to health if exposed to inhalable fibres.

Friable asbestos may only be removed by a tradesperson holding a certificate of competence for restricted work.

The tradesperson must notify the Department of Labour of the work being carried out and certain procedures must be followed to ensure that workers and others in the area are not exposed to fibres.

Asbestos removalists may:

  • Isolate or enclose the affected area
  • Erect warning signs
  • Use exhaust extraction systems
  • Include decontamination procedures
  • Monitor fibre concentrations in the air

Respiratory and personal protection must be used, and asbestos waste must be disposed of at a designated refuse site.

These rules do not apply in the case of removal in private homes. Homeowners are advised to hire an approved asbestos removalist rather than do it alone.

asbestos removalistsProducts that are known to contain asbestos include; fibre cement sheet and piping, pip insulation, roofing, sprayed fire retardants, heater panels, fire bricks, insulation in night stores and textured ceiling coatings.

Removal work may require the use of respirators, gloves, goggles, sheeting, face masks, plastic sheets, tank sprayer, scrapers, knives, disposable bags and sealant.

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