Smoke Inhalation – Part 1

The number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation. An estimated 50-80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than burns.  Smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in the products of combustion during a fire. Combustion results from the rapid breakdown of a substance by heat (more commonly […]

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. […]

Water Extraction – Part 2

Controlling microbial activity at a restoration site may require the use of chemical agents.  The EPA has defined three levels of biocidal activity:  Sanitizer:  a cleaning or disinfecting treatment designed to reduce the number of pathogenic microorganisms to a safe level.  This is the lowest level of biocidal activity. Disinfectant:  A solution designed to destroy […]

Understanding Antimicrobials & Biocides

You recently had a water loss in your home and you hired a restoration company to preform the structural drying process.  But do you fully understand the chemicals they may be using in your home?  In this blog, we’ll try to give you a quick overview of Antimicrobials and Biocides, so you can more informed […]