Fireground Management, Fireground Safety, Survival Zone

The Deadly Hazards of Indoor Marijuana Grow Houses

Issue 6 and Volume 171.

By SHAWNE MAILE and JERRY KNAPP Illegal marijuana growing ­facilities (IMGF) pose numerous long- and short-term health effects to fire, police, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. At first glance, you may consider a grow house similar to a common greenhouse. IMGFs usually contain numerous hazards that can kill you instantly or initiate a long, slow death if you are exposed and unaware. The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with the hazards of IMGFs so you can recognize and safely operate and simultaneously protect your crew and citizens. Let’s look at a typical response. The Call The electric supply house driver was delivering a package of high-intensity lightbulbs and called in the alarm. The fire department is dispatched for a house fire and burn victim. The home is a typical high ranch home on a large piece of property with a long driveway. The 30-year-old male victim…

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