Smoke Detectors

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Home fire sprinklers can also alert you, but are a few seconds slower than smoke alarms. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working […]

Conflict of Interest

Many jobs that I go into that require removal of drywall or plaster need to be rebuilt.  Home owners continually ask us if we do the reconstruction and the response is always no.  Some ask why, and my response is that it is a conflict of interest.  Let me take a few minutes to explain […]

Emergency Exit Plan For Fires

If you become aware of a fire or hear a fire alarm, the first priority is getting out safely. Once clear of the building and in a safe location call 9-1-1. * Take ALL fire alarms seriously and leave the building immediately. Do not stop. * Feel door handles. If they are warm, do not […]

Smoke Inhalation – Part 3

Follow Up Once the patient leaves the hospital, follow-up care is typically arranged. The patient should return immediately to the emergency department if they feel that their condition is worsening after discharge from the hospital. Medications may be prescribed, such as various inhalers and pain medications. The patient may notice shortness of breath with minimal exertion. […]

Abandoned

Every so often, I’ll get a call because of a house fire.  Recently, upon inspecting a home which had fire damage I noticed that the renters left a cat behind claiming that they couldn’t catch it.  But when I was on the second floor without any knowledge that anyone or thing was in the house, […]

Containment

Here’s a photo of a room with the necessary containment and protection prior to any remediation work beginning. When hiring a mold removal contractor, proper containment is a must. Cross contamination is one of the dangers in remediation when proper containment and protection is constructed.