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Do You Need a Wildfire Smoke Mask?

Now that summer is here, the threat of wildfires is on the minds of people in many parts of the United States. When wildfires burn, they often devastate hundreds or thousands of acres, and smoke can spread and can affect people many miles away from sites that are burning. A wildfire smoke mask might protect you from adverse health effects. How Smoke from Wildfires Can Affect People’s Health Wildfire smoke can irritate the lungs, eyes, nose, and [...]

By |2020-07-08T13:28:49+00:00July 8th, 2020|Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Respond Systems, Safety Training|Comments Off on Do You Need a Wildfire Smoke Mask?

What’s The Best Respirator For Smoke?

If you’re a resident of Southern California, then chances are you’ve experienced, or at least heard about, wildfires. To protect yourself, your coworkers, and friends from inhaling this dangerous smoke, it’s best to know what type of respirator mask to wear. There are a few different respirator masks to choose from, but the N95 protects against smoke the best. The “N” has 2 meanings: first, it means that these masks are “Not Oil Resistant.” This means that [...]

By |2019-08-13T20:31:18+00:00August 13th, 2019|Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety|Comments Off on What’s The Best Respirator For Smoke?

Preparing Your Business or Home for Wildfires and Other Emergencies

May is National Building Safety Month, so it’s a good time to go over your plans of action in case of a workplace emergency. The warm weather brings tornadoes in some parts of the country, hurricanes in others and wildfires largely (but not exclusively) out west. All these events can happen during work hours, so it’s a good idea to be prepared to keep your employees and your property safe. Wildfire Season May 4 was marked by [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:47:05+00:00May 24th, 2019|Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, General, Respond Systems|Comments Off on Preparing Your Business or Home for Wildfires and Other Emergencies

Respirator Fit Testing Protects Workers from Airborne Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies to identify potential risks at each job site and to provide appropriate protective equipment. For fire and restoration workers, respirators are routinely required. Making sure these devices fit properly is essential to protect employees’ health. If a respirator doesn’t form a tight seal with a person’s face, the worker can inhale hazardous substances. Why Respirators Are Important in Fire and Flood Restoration Work Water that enters a building [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:44:53+00:00May 9th, 2019|Fire Safety, General, Respond Systems|Comments Off on Respirator Fit Testing Protects Workers from Airborne Hazards

The Importance of Respirator Fit Testing For Fire & Flood Restoration

If you’re in the fire or flood restoration business, then you know how important it is to protect your lungs from unwanted fumes. Since smoke and fumes are commonplace after a fire, you are likely required by OSHA to wear respirator masks. While any respirator mask is better than no mask at all, it’s equally important to get your masks fitted by a qualified professional. To achieve this, you have 2 options: perform respirator fit testing internally, [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:40:35+00:00March 29th, 2019|Fire Safety, General, Respond Systems|Comments Off on The Importance of Respirator Fit Testing For Fire & Flood Restoration