Right now BC is going through the worst series of wildfires in its history. We encourage everyone to evacuate when asked and don’t go near an area listed as in danger.
A social media friend to BCHAZMAT Management has set up a page listing sources for BC Wildfire information. Please visit it for details on the current situation.
Our hope is that everyone is safe and little damage is done.
Unfortunately, though there have already been many homes and sites damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.
The initial fire or other disaster is just the beginning when it comes to safety. Fire will often leave behind chemicals and other hazardous materials that are not safe for people, animals or the environment. If this is the case in your area please call in a professional such as BCHAZMAT Management to evaluate and mitigate the situation.
Common sites that can be extremely dangerous after:
- Aviation associated buildings
- Filling or fueling stations
- Industrial sites such as mills and manufacturing
- Heavy equipment and vehicle laden properties
- Homes that have had industrial style small businesses
- Warehouses and storage facilities
Another key item people may not think about is the ash left behind from such devasting fires. Remember, when a fire burns through a building, vehicle or other manmade structure, the left-overs are not the same as your typical campfire.
This is a good article to explain the issue of toxic ash.
Please check with local authorities before going near any of these types of properties after a fire or disaster and if required, work with a professional HAZMAT company that has experience in dealing with such sites. The safety of you and your neighbors and our environment are foremost in any disaster recovery operation.
Our company President, Dave Rogers, is a former Fire Chief and knows all too well the hazards of not only a fire or disaster directly, but the aftermath. Dave really hopes everyone stays safe including the incredible women and men who are fighting these fires.
BCHAZMAT Management Ltd.
Director of Marketing & Communications