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Property owners affected by the Gray and Oregon Rd Fires: Frequently-asked questions about asbestos and fire damaged structures.
Here is a link to Graham Road Landfill’s disposal guidelines.

Proper handling of debris from fire damaged structures

Caution tape for asbestos

A survey by an AHERA building inspector is the first step

Asbestos can be present in building materials regardless of the age of the structure. When asbestos-containing building materials are damaged or destroyed, asbestos fibers are released. Exposure to these fibers can lead to a host of serious health issues, including mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen) and asbestosis (scarring of lung tissues).

Asbestos fibers are assumed to be present in the ash and debris until testing proves otherwise.

To prevent uncontrolled releases of asbestos fibers, there are specific requirements related to handling and disposing of ash/debris left from fire-damaged structures. This debris is considered demolition, therefore the home/property owner must ensure steps are followed.

Survey first. This involves hiring an AHERA-certified Building Inspector to come to your property and conduct a survey. Results of the survey dictate the next steps….click here


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