It doesn’t seem that dangerous. It’s just the byproduct of a fire… maybe from a chimney, a furnace puff-back, even an over-zealous gas grill. When the fire is out, you should be able to clean up the soot residue easily, right?
Not so fast! Soot has some characteristics that everyone should consider before attempting to clean. Those who perform fire damage restoration work understand the dangers of soot. So do emergency personnel, like firemen. In fact outdoor soot is regulated by the EPA and classified as a criteria pollutant.
Consider these facts about soot:
Skin contact can be very dangerous. The International Agency for Research on Cancer says the specific types of hydrocarbons in soot are classified as a “known human carcinogens.” So if you do attempt any cleaning, remember that simple contact, not even breathing in residues, can be potentially harmful to you. Ventilation of affected spaces is absolutely required.
If you do have the unthinkable happen, such as from a fire, furnace puff-back or other source that produces soot, think carefully before proceeding. It’s best to leave the tough work to us, Dragon Restoration, your disaster restoration pros! Contact us anytime at (937) 428-2626.