Emergency Status
Jan 04

Tips for Safe Clean-up After a Fire

Everyone impacted by the Marshall fire and the Middle Fork fire should assume debris and ash contain hazardous materials and take the following precautions:

  • Stay indoors or leave the burn area on windy days.
  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • For homes with central air, check air filters regularly and replace when visibly soiled.
  • Use rugs inside and outside entrances to catch any possible debris on shoes.
  • Avoid tracking debris into the house; remove shoes.
  • Wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning ash – N95 or equivalent mask, latex or nitrile gloves, and eye protection.
  • Use a damp mop or cloth to clean away visible dust in the house.
  • Do not use harsh chemical cleaners or vinegar as they can react with chemicals in the ash. Soap and water are adequate to clean ash from hard surfaces.
  • Soft surfaces and fabrics should be laundered or discarded.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter system.
  • For exterior cleaning, spray with water – do not sweep ash and consider wearing an N95 or equivalent mask or respirator.

If you are looking for a fire and clean-up and remediation company, follow these guidelines:

  • Work with your insurance company to identify reputable remediation contractors
  • We strongly suggest that you get bids from multiple contractors