Kernersville, NC, March 13th, 2015
Last month, WDBJ broadcasted a report about an explosion at a home in Montgomery County, Virginia. One person was hurt with burns to their body and the property was severely damaged. Police believe the home was being used as an illegal methamphetamine (meth) laboratory.
Chemicals commonly used in the production of methamphetamine include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride and trichloroethane. Other chemicals may include muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, table salt and ammonia. Many of these same toxic chemicals can easily contaminate carpeting, wallboard, ceiling tiles, furniture and fabrics that absorb spilled or vaporized chemicals. People, and especially children, living in homes once used as clandestine methamphetamine laboratories can be exposed to these dangers left behind by chemicals residues in the property. Many of these chemicals can remain a hazard long after the property was used to produce meth.
“Meth labs typically leave behind a wide range of toxic chemicals and residues and their presence is not limited to homes and rental properties,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “These illicit labs have also been found in everything from hotel rooms to RVs. To help identify meth residues on surfaces that are frequently not visible to the naked eye, EMSL has developed an easy to use Methamphetamine Test Kit. The kit is an ideal way for property owners and managers, as well as potential future tenants, to determine if there are meth residues risks in a property.”
To obtain a Methamphetamine Test Kit or to learn more, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com. EMSL has also produced an online instructional video that describes meth sampling techniques for the general public and environmental professionals that can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADQbHagMJ10.
To learn more about methamphetamine testing or other environmental, health and safety services, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to government agencies, industry professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.