Wildfires: Resolution of Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns

Thursday, May 26 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Environmental Issues, Indoor Environmental Quality

Arranger: M. Posson, Exponent, Inc., Oakland, CA. Moderator: R. Froehlich, Helix Environmental Inc., Dayton, OH. Monitors: D. Hurley, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC; M. McGowan, Round Hill, VA.

High profile wildfires are becoming more common in the US. West. Wildfires release smoke that can not only impact nearby proximal structures, but can impact indoor and outdoor environments even at great distances. IHs are commonly tasked to investigate the impacts of smoke within a property and assess the potential health risks and remedial measures. Speakers will present and discuss the techniques available to IHs used for assessing contamination and potential health impacts; analyzing available information; interpreting data; and remediating a structure that has potentially been impacted by a wildfire. The differing techniques and challenges of assessing structural fires will be discussed.

Characterization and Mitigation of Smoke Damage from Wildfires B. Kovar, Safeguard EnviroGroup, Inc., Glendora, CA.

Assessment of Smoke Contamination of Surfaces by Optical Microscopy E. Light, Building Dynamics, LLC, Ashton, MD.

Other Supplemental Fire Residue Analysis Testing Methods: Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, and pH / Conductivity Analysis D. Baxter, Environmental Analysis Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA.

Residual Organic Compounds A. Delia, Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Qualitative Human Health Risk Assessment of Wildfire Residues E. Medina, Alliance Consulting International, San Diego, CA.

Structural Fires M. Rosales, Forensic Analytical, Rancho Dominguez, CA.