Holiday Lights across Illinois Bring Cheer and the Occasional Fire

The indoor air quality (IAQ) experts at EC2 help ensure properties damaged by smoke and soot do not create health hazards.
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Dec. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- The holidays are a festive time when homes and businesses decorate to celebrate the season.  Holidays lights are often a key component of holiday decorations, both inside and outside of millions of homes and buildings.

Unfortunately, these same lights result in hundreds of fires each year.  According to some estimates, they result in over $25 million in direct property damage.  Indirect damage due to soot and smoke contamination dramatically increases these figures.

Structural fires can produce an enormous amount of smoke that infiltrates a building.  This smoke is filled with combustion by-products that include chemicals, soot, ash and char.  The smoke can have damaging effects to both properties and to humans breathing the air, even after the fire has been extinguished.

A professional assessment is often required to determine if and where a structure has been impacted by smoke damage.  A report from a trained professional may even be required from insurance companies before they are willing to pay to have smoke damaged areas remediated.

EC2, one of the Midwest’s leading smoke and soot damage consulting firms, provides property assessments of damage due to smoke and soot after a fire.  “In addition to smoke and soot, any damage done in an older structure may also result in concerns about asbestos and lead-based paints,” reported Ed Chambers, President of EC2.  “Water used to put out a fire often also results in mold growth that can cause health concerns throughout a building. EC2 helps people following a structure fire to ensure that the building is safe for all building occupants”

EC2 has sponsored a video about environmental concerns following a fire.  It can be seen at:

To learn more about how EC2 can help with indoor environmental concerns following a fire, please visit, email or call (815) 703-9000.

About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States.  Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 Corporations.
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