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Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/28/2023
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Prescribed Burns in Florida Spread Smoke and Ash on Homes and Businesses across Orlando and the Surrounding Region
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify smoke damage, residues and odors in homes, schools and businesses caused by controlled burns and wildfires.

Orlando, Florida, February 28, 2023

Earlier this month, local media in Orlando reported on dense clouds of smoke and ash in the area, including by the region’s famous theme parks. Several large prescribed burns, measuring in the thousands of acres, were taking place across Florida and were the likely cause of the smoke that made its way onto, and into, countless homes and buildings. 

Unfortunately, some may have been damaged as the smoke, filled with combustion by-products that include soot, ash and char, made its way indoors. Odors, discoloration and "ghosting" effects frequently occur inside a home or building due to contact with these substances. Their presence can also cause etching and corrosion over time, not to mention damage to sensitive electronics.

“Damage caused by smoke residues and odors can impact property values and create health concerns for building occupants, especially for those with respiratory issues,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The good news is smoke damage is covered by many property insurance policies, but it often requires proof of damages to successfully settle a claim. All too often, this is left to the property owner to prove. The scientists at EMSL Analytical, with a testing laboratory in Orlando and others across Florida, are experts at smoke damage, residue and odor testing. These services that analyze air and surface samples are available to assist property owners, tenants, environmental experts, and insurance companies and adjusters following any type of fire. We even offer an easy-to-use Fire & Smoke Damage Test Kit.”

EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about smoke damage to homes and buildings that can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/c0ksscTorHI 

To learn more about smoke, char, soot, ash and odor testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To access the Fire & Smoke Damage Test Kit, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.   

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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