Why are Smoke and Soot from Fire Accidents Dangerous?

It is unwise to think that the soot and the smoke that linger after fire are not obstacles to re-entering the premises. Just because smoke and soot are not as terrifying as a ball of flame, one should not think that they cannot cause any damage. Unlike fire, smoke and soot can easily enter the human body via the mouth, nose and eyes, and they become dangerous because they are able to carry harmful toxins.

When something is on fire, like wood or plastic, it releases its chemicals, eventually contaminating the air. You might think that the simple act of inhaling and exhaling will rid the toxins from the body, but that is not always the case. When contaminated air enters through the nose, mouth, or eyes, it is not entirely expelled. Some of the chemicals attach themselves to the body and are then absorbed by it. They will then be carried through the blood stream and spread throughout the whole body.  If there is minimal exposure to the damaged area, then the chances of being poisoned are quite slim. But too much exposure to these chemicals may bring negative health implications, and may lead to the following:

  • smoke swirling in the airLung cancer
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Kidney Damage
  • Liver Damage
  • Death

Because it is easier for smoke and soot to enter the body, the best way for clearing out fire damages such as these is to contact companies that specialize in fire restoration. Through the emergency response system, companies will ensure that the surrounding is free from dangerous substances before and after a fire hazard.

Remember that even though the flames are gone, there is always something in the air that can harm you. Wait until the smoke clears before heading back to the damaged area to reduce the chances of inhaling toxic chemicals.

If you live in or near the area of South Florida, and wish to know more about fire restoration and the dangers of fire damages, call: 888-616-6811. You may also visit All County DKI’s contact page for more information about our services.