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Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/28/2016
Author Jennifer Mazonas
Title California Wildfires Cause Destruction and Smoke Damage for Many Residents
Introduction LA Testing provides testing services to identify smoke residues in properties impacted by nearby wildfires.

South Pasadena, CA, July 28th, 2016 

According to recent news reports, over approximately 50,000 acres have currently been set ablaze by two wildfires that have spread across Southern and Central parts of California in recent days. Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated since the beginning of the fires. Recently, some of these residents have been able to return to their homes.

Along with damages caused by the wildfires, a smoke advisory warning has been issued for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains due to the poor air quality. In the central part of the state, a fire in Monterey County has smoke that can be seen as far as 300 miles away. 

“Property owners who have homes or businesses in the areas affected by the wildfires are advised to look for smoke damage signs,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “Smoke can infiltrate a structure and leave behind unpleasant odors and residues that can cause corrosion, etching and discoloration within the property. Many insurance policies provide coverage for smoke damage, but it is often left to the property owner or tenant to provide proof of damages. Testing the indoor environment for smoke residues, mold, lead and asbestos is important to ensure an insurance claim covers all of the damages under the policy.”

LA Testing has produced an educational video about smoke damage from wildfires that can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for smoke residues or other indoor air quality (IAQ) and environmental issues, please visit or, email or call (800) 755-1794. For more information about the Fire & Smoke Damage Test Kit, please visit  

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, CDC ELITE, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.
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