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Some Items Must Be Discarded After a Fire Even if They Appear Undamaged

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

You should throw away any medicines left in a fire-damaged home

Some Items Must Be Discarded After a Fire Even if They Appear Undamaged

If you are the unfortunate victim of a fire in East Weymouth, MA, you’ll have a handful of things to do once the flames are out. Unless your home has been completely destroyed by fire damage, at some point you will want to sort out what can be saved from what must be discarded. The temptation is to not throw away anything that seems to be untouched by fire, but it may not be that simple.

High Heat Can Play Havoc With Sensitive Items

Many food items subjected to heat just a little higher than room temperature will have to be thrown away. Objects may include edible items stored in

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Cardboard

All can be spoiled by a combination of soot, toxic chemicals and heat. Plastic may not seem permeable, but when it’s even slightly heated, microscopic pores can open.
You may be surprised to find out that well-sealed items should be considered spoiled and dangerous when exposed to high heat. Properly sealed containers, such as factory or home canning, will spoil when exposed to as little as 100 degrees for about an hour or even 75 degrees for a prolonged period.

Medicines Are Destroyed by Default

You should throw away any medicines left in a fire-damaged home. The plastic won’t keep the smoke damage out, and the heat degrades pharmaceuticals rapidly.

Clothing Can Take a Little More Damage

Any clothing or textiles should be considered on a case-by-case basis unless there are significant toxic chemicals involved. If you have any doubt, throw it away. If it wasn’t directly heat damaged, you could try to clean the item using water mixed with trisodium phosphate. However, follow the directions on the TSP container precisely, since the chemical can be very hard on skin if used improperly.
If you’ve had a fire, contact a professional bonded fire cleanup company in East Weymouth, MA, who can help you from tarp up all the way through the restoration. They can also provide advice on what you can keep and what you should throw away.

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