WHY?

After an emergency, cleaning up the site and salvaging equipment and materials can be dangerous to your health and safety. Evaluate your risks before you start and take proper precautions.

Unsafe Building Conditions to Look Out For

Exterior

Downed power lines and trees

Chemical contamination (fuel oil, asbestos, toxic gas)

Displaced animals, rodents, insects

Sewage

Unstable ground

Flooding

Interior: building hazards

Asbestos

Lead paint

PCBs

Toxic metals (chromium and lead)

Fuel oil

Electrical system damage (sparks, frayed wires)

Gas leaks or explosion

Flooding

Unstable floors

Fixtures/objects that may fall

Interior: general

moldhoriz-100 Smoldering or new fire

Contaminated water

Mold

Smoke and/or soot (may contain arsenic)

Mud (slippery and contaminated)

Pests, dead and alive

Garbage and raw sewage

Interior: art material hazards

brokenglass-100 Lead

Toxic pigments

Spilled solvents

Acetylene tanks

Broken glass and pottery

Sharp tools

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