All wildfire homeowners should carefully watch the video, 5 on the front line with Dawn Bolstad-Johnson. As part of their training, all property insurance adjusters should do this as well.
I have purchased the paperback and e-book versions of Dawn Bolstad-Johnson’s book, Exposed carcinogenic exposures in the fireplace and 11 work practices to minimize the risk. While it is essential reading for firefighters, it is equally important for those who want to understand the safety issues surrounding exposure to structures that have burned or been exposed to smoke from a fire.
I also found a video, Your personal protective equipment is for everyone. Only. Firewhich reminds firefighters of the need to wear safety equipment even during training exercises because of the dangers posed by smoke and ash.
We have written about these concerns in Marshall Wildfire policyholders continue to experience difficulty with insurance companies evaluating full extent of smoke, ash and soot damageand Disputes about cleaning up forest fires with smoke and ash. Residues of smoke, soot and ash can kill you in the long run. I don’t mean to scare people, but the scientific data cannot be ignored. We suggest that structures with smoke, soot and ash debris be carefully examined by a qualified industrial hygienist. This is something all property insurance adjusters should do as part of an investigation.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, people cannot live without a spiritual life.