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Leading Fire Testing Laboratory Adding Testing Capabilities to San Leandro Facility


EMSL Analytical’s San Leandro laboratory in Northern California will soon be offering testing solutions for fire, smoke, char and soot damage investigations.

Westmont, NJ, September 22nd, 2009

Red flag warnings are in effect for parts of Northern California as strong offshore winds and low humidity settles into the area. In fire ravaged parts of Southern California the forecast calls for continued hot and dry weather increasing fire risks.

The latest news reports on Monday listed several fires still burning across the state. These included the Silver Fire, Station Fire, Lion Complex Fire, Big Meadow Wildfire and La Brea Fires. The deadly fire season in California has also taken the lives of several firefighters and destroyed numerous homes and businesses.

The devastation is not just limited to lost homes and businesses. Many properties that survive the initial wildfires are left with problems ranging from odors to soot throughout the properties. These odors, discoloration and “ghosting” effects can result when carbon black and combustion byproducts (carbonized material) are deposited on surfaces throughout the buildings.

“Property owners are often required to show proof of these conditions by their property insurance companies prior to the buildings being fixed when insurance claims are involved,” reported Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The sampling process is straightforward and can be performed by simply wiping as much area as necessary to darken a special sample collection pad provided by our laboratory for analysis,” Frasca continued.

EMSL Analytical, and their affiliate laboratory LA Testing, located in Southern California, are one of California’s leading smoke investigation testing laboratories. Of their close to 40 locations nationwide several already perform this important testing service and the company is pleased to announce that their San Leandro facility is in the process of also including this service.

EMSL and LA Testing use a combination of techniques in culmination with Electron Microscopy for the highest level of accuracy possible for these types of tests. For more information about smoke, char, carbon black, black carbon or soot testing please visit, email or call (800)220-3675.

EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical and LA Testing are leading providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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