The fire has been put out, the smoke has been cleared, and you want to get back to work as soon as possible. But first, you have to make sure it’s truly safe to re-enter the office. Fires will leave dangerous soot behind that can put everyone’s health at risk if they return to the office for any amount of time. Limit your co-workers’ exposure to these tiny but harmful health hazards and call ServiceMaster DSI to your Branson, MO office building for professional soot removal services.
We know that soot is made up of tiny particles, but just how tiny is tiny? The dust you see on a table in need of cleaning is also tiny, but larger than soot. Dust particle measure a whopping 40 microns in size compared to the just 2.5 microns that soot particles measure. That difference in size becomes a bigger problem when these tiny particles are inhaled. Anything 10 microns or larger, like dust, gets trapped in the upper respiratory tract. Soot and other particles 5 microns or smaller will go deeper into the lungs, down to the alveoli where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged. Once there, the soot particles could either build up, be absorbed, or be exhaled and removed.
In addition to soot’s tiny size, this harmful particle is incredibly lightweight. Soot is able to stay in the air for long periods of time. If the air is disturbed, that gives soot an opportunity to travel some large distances. Soot can easily leave the room by entering the building’s air ducts. This could spread the contaminating particles throughout the entire building. When the soot removal professionals arrive, ask them to check the entire building and the air ducts, not just the rooms that were initially damaged.
Soot could aggravate symptoms for any co-workers affected by asthma. It could also cause coughing and wheezing and decrease lung function in the healthiest individuals. The National Cancer Institute notes that soot could contain carcinogens such as arsenic, cadmium, and chromium. This means that inhaling soot could lead to lung cancer. People exposed to soot could also develop skin cancer if the soot is absorbed through their skin.
New or worsening respiratory illnesses should always be taken seriously, particularly when soot is involved. Help your co-workers seek medical attention right away if a soot-related health concern arises. Keep everyone else safe by restricting access to the contaminated rooms and calling on ServiceMaster DSI for soot removal services in Branson, MO. You can reach our trained professionals 24/7/365 at 888-868-6601 for any of our disaster restoration services.