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Tornado Damage and Indoor Environmental Hazards after a Twister Exposed in New Online Video

The IAQ Video Network produces another educational video about health threats due to exposure to environmental contaminants and pathogens.

PRLog - April 15, 2012 - PEORIA, Ariz. -- Dozens of tornadoes hit the Midwest and Plains this weekend.  The twisters killed at least five people and injured dozens.  Many homes and businesses were also extensively damaged.  In response, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced today that they have just released an educational video that discusses tornadoes and indoor environmental hazards that people may face when they rebuild damaged properties.

Although tornadoes are more common in certain parts of the United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.  On average, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year, but some years, including 2012, see much higher numbers.  In a typical year in the U.S., the country witnesses over $1 billion dollars in property damage due to these storms.

Although many properties hit by a tornado may experience complete destruction, many more survive the storm with anywhere from minor to major property damage.  They may be left with damage due to strong winds, hail, heavy rain and even flooding when roofs, walls, windows and plumbing are destroyed.  Many of these properties can be rebuilt, but there are hazards aside from live electrical wires and leaking gas lines that people need to be aware.  

“Aside from the typical hazards many people are aware of some people may also face additional indoor environmental hazards when they rebuild their homes and businesses following tornado damage,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video.  “People may be faced with mold, asbestos, lead, sewage, bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants.  Not only can these items be a danger to the rebuilding crews, but if not properly handled could also be a threat to future building occupants.  We hope this video helps to educate people about ways to protect their family’s health if faced with having to rebuild after a tornado.”

To view this video please visit http://www.IAQTV.com or

To learn more please visit http://www.cochraneassoc.com, email info@cochraneassoc.com or call (602)510-3179.

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About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.

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