Air quality tests come back negative after Ghent fire
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GHENT, N.Y. -- Health officials said air quality tests following this week's fire at a recycling plant in Ghent have shown no dangerous levels of hazardous materials as a result of the fire.
Samples collected near the fire, at the spot where the highest concentration of hazardous materials would be found, did not indicate any detectable PCB's. Sampling is still being conducted in a 15-mile radius of the site, and officials said they will notify the public immediately if any action needs to be taken.
For people who do have a visible accumulation of soot and dust from the fire, the state's health department recommends doing several thing to clean up your property.
For exterior surfaces, like homes and vehicles, use water and detergent to spray off accumulated deposits. If the residue sticks to the surface, stronger cleaners can be found at most hardware stores.
Before turning on air conditioners, check for any soot, and replace filters if needed. If soot is visible on inside surfaces, use water and detergent to clean, and only use a high efficiency particulate vacuum if vacuuming is needed.