New advice issued by PHE regarding residue from Leamington fire
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Warwickshire Police has received new information from Public Health England (PHE) relating to the soot and materials emitted from the fire on Juno Drive, Leamington Spa.
Although toxins or contaminates from plastics should have been eliminated as they burnt, PHE have cautioned that any particles, ash and soot included, can possibly be an irritant. Therefore precautions should still be taken when dealing with soot and debris.
PHE’s advice is to:
- Remove small areas of fine debris/soot wearing rubber gloves, wiping the surface first with a dry cloth. A damp cloth can then be used to remove any remaining remnants. The waste, including gloves, should then be bagged and binned in the normal way. Hands should be washed with soap and water.
- Care should be taken when clearing large and sharp debris. Wear rubber gloves and bag and bin the waste as above.
- Soot can be safely washed off vehicles and outdoor furniture by using a fine water spray.
- Fruits and vegetables grown in the garden should be washed and peeled before they are consumed.
PHE would not expect there to be a significant risk from short-term contact with soot in gardens.
Warwick District Council are coordinating the clean-up of the area. Please refer to their website for further information or email questions to [email protected].