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Why Is A Fire Restoration Course Needed For Professionals?

Before hiring anyone to clean out a home following a fire, make sure the technician has taken a fire restoration course. This is an essential piece of training that ensures the professional does the job right, because the consequences of a poor cleaning job are serious. Open flames produce ash and other residues that are almost imperceptible to the human eye. If they aren’t dealt with right away, they will take up residence in the house and be spread throughout with the HVAC system. A trained professional knows how to neutralize the effects of an open flame and ensure a home is safe and comfortable to live in once again.

What will professionals learn during a fire restoration course?

The technician’s goal will be to address any damage left behind at the ignition site, and to remove any secondary effects of the disaster. Combustion disperses ash and smoke into the air, and both are major irritants if inhaled. For most people, this may only be a constant annoyance, but for young children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions, inhaling ash can inflame breathing problems. In some cases, it can even trigger a major asthma attack or cause a person’s asthma to worsen.

Smoke is noxious, and while it isn’t as strong an irritant as ash, it can still produce intense odors. This odor will persist for weeks, even months if it is not handled properly. And it can penetrate any barrier in the home, so eventually the entire building will smell of smoke.

A fire restoration course teaches a professional how to deal with both ash and smoke, using a combination of meticulous practices and advanced technology. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a leading organization for training these concepts, and it starts with the FSRT (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician). During the FSRT, professionals are introduced to the theory behind flame damage remediation. It’s a 14-hour class taught over two days, and by the time a professional has completed the class and passed the exam, they will be ready to perform in a work setting. However, professionals may need additional training before they can handle every aspect of remediation.

Carpet and upholstery cleaning are important skills for a professional to have, as is carpet repair and installation. Carpet and upholstery tend to sustain serious damage when flames are present, so a firm will need to replace them, or at least repair them, in most cases. In addition to a fire restoration course, professionals should also know how to neutralize various odors and how to replace color in damaged fabrics.

A family shouldn’t trust its health to an uncertified and untrained crew. An IICRC certified crew knows how to deal with all the risks that come with open flames, and ensure a building is habitable again.

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