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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire Extinguisher Dust - Bethlehem, PA

This apartment building in Bethlehem, PA called SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall to clean up Fire Extinguisher Dust. The dust affected two floors including two carpeted hallways and a VCT Tile foyer.

Our crew placed air scrubbers, hepa vacced the floors and walls of both hallways, the foyer, and the main stairwell. The next step was to wet wash the walls, base boards, handrails, and doors.

  • Fire extinguishers are generally looked upon as being a safety device, so not many people think about the potential dangers they hold. As with anything you bring into a home or workplace, it’s important to fully understand the devices used. While fire extinguisher powder is non-toxic, it is not entirely safe. The chemicals used are considered appropriate for home use, but you should take precautions to avoid touching or inhaling too much of the powder. After a fire, the residue left by a fire extinguisher needs to be cleaned up. Many areas do not permit phosphates or sulfates to be added to the water table. Since the vast majority of fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulfate, you need to be careful about cleaning up. The chemicals can irritate skin, so use gloves and avoid inhaling by using a dust mask.