Your risk for exposure to asbestos after a fire is higher if your neighborhood was built before 1980. When materials with asbestos are damaged by fire, they release fibers that become airborne. Ash, soot and smoke containing asbestos can travel miles with the wind and expose a larger areas.
Here are some tips for before and during a wildfire.
Have a N-100 or P-100 disposable respirator mask in your emergency supply kit. Make sure you have a mask for yourself and each member of your family. Use these masks anytime you are near smoke or ash created by the wildfire.
Designate Safe Room
Stay In Safe Room
Cleaning up after a wildfire.
Wet Down Materials
Wet down any possible asbestos-containing materials before handling them.
Wet wipes and HEPA Filters
Soot and Ash
Don't Move Damaged Material
Please take a look at The Mesothelioma Center's website at Asbestos.com for more information.