Sean Scott, author of The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors and Secrets of The Insurance Game, is offering up important and often overlooked health and safety information for structural fire survivors, first responders and anyone moving into a home that had previously suffered a fire.
In an in-depth article posted on The Red Guide to Recovery website, Scott, an author, disaster recovery expert and fire restoration contractor who has spent nearly four decades in the construction and restoration business, outlines in detail what 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), better known simply as “dioxin,” is, how dioxins are formed in a fire, and why they pose such serious and overlooked health risks. Dioxins have been identified by scientists as being the second most toxic chemicals known to man – bested only by radioactive waste.
In this new article, Scott – who has worked on literally thousands of residential and commercial property damage claims and has spent decades researching the implications and challenges of post-fire scenarios – explains why most protocols for working in or around fire damaged structures or restoring contaminated textiles are actually woefully ineffective in terms of the detection and eradication of dioxins.
Dioxins are formed when products containing carbon and chlorine burn, especially plastic, paper, PVC, household chemicals or other products where chlorine is used in the manufacturing process. Dioxins do not typically exist in materials before they are burned. They are also especially prevalent in structure fires and wildfires. Depending on the ambient temperature in a fire, dioxins can be adsorbed or chemically bound to smoke particles or remain in a vapor phase.
“Since it has been established that there is no safe level of exposure to TCDD, the current culture of fire investigators, homeowners, disaster relief workers, insurance adjusters, restoration personnel, and others who enter post-fire structure environments without wearing personal protective equipment must change,” explained Scott. “Anyone who needs to enter a fire damaged home, building, or area recently impacted by a wildfire should wear the most protective PPE, including a proper fitting respirator with P-100 filters (or a supplied air respirator), disposable coveralls, gloves, eye protection, etc. Frankly, stricter protocols regarding dioxins are urgently needed across the board.”
Visit the article for free and vital information from Sean Scott about the toxicity of dioxins and precautions that should be taken: https://theredguidetorecovery.com/dioxins-the-most-hazardous-substance-in-structure-fire-environments/
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