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Monday 25 September 2017
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Property fire and smoke damage – Are you aware of the hidden effects?

Be aware of hidden damage from fire

A fire can be devastating on many levels, from the damage caused by the flames themselves to the injuries resulting from smoke exposure and the heat, but there is a hidden danger created by the smoke. Smoke permeates throughout the house and can embed itself deep into fibres, wood, insulation and more, but it can have dangerous effects far beyond the initial fire.

Odour – The most common danger associated with smoke damage after a fire is the odour caused by the smoke. Even a small fire can create a large amount of smoke and it seeps into almost every part of the property. The smell of smoke can be overpowering and the bad odour can cause nausea and coughing.

Toxins – When a fire burns through plastic and other toxic materials, poisons can become caught in the smoke and carried throughout the property. The toxins can seep into the furniture, insulation and walls and settle in the duct work.
Breathing in these toxins can make you and your staff sick and may even require medical attention and hospitalization, depending on what kind of toxins are present.

Structural Damage – Most people are familiar with the damage associated with the fire, but smoke can also be a contributing factor to structural problems. The smoke can weaken wood that it seeps into, regardless if the wood had been exposed to fire. While the damage is nowhere near that caused by the fire, over time, the wood can become structurally unsafe.

Geoff Williams, director of Manchester-based professional loss assessors Cherry and Griffiths, said: “We’ve all read cases where fire and smoke has caused catastrophic damage to businesses. Like all properties, Business premises are exposed to an increased fire and smoke damage risk when it comes to summer”.

Geoff added: “Fire damage to commercial premises costs UK businesses more than a billion pounds every year yet the total of insurance settlements paid out is significantly below that figure. If your business has suffered any fire or smoke damage, please contact a Loss Assessor before you make your claim”.

Please look up Geoff Williams at www.cherryandgriffiths.co.uk




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