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Smoke Damage Effects on Your Health

While the physical damage caused by a house fire is significant, the byproduct of smoke damage to your health can be just as devastating.

Tar and Carbon: dangerous by products of smoke - If inhaled over a duration of time, tar and carbon can cause damage to your lungs. Carbon monoxide is also another major toxin. It’s an extremely hazardous gas that displaces oxygen in the blood when inhaled, which takes oxygen away from the brain, heart and other organs. After your residence has undergone a fire, be sure to have a professional check the carbon monoxide levels in your home.

Respiratory problems – When you encounter an area that’s contaminated by smoke, you are at risk of breathing in residue and particles left behind. These can cause lung and sinus issues later on. Smoke contamination can also cause breathing problems. After a fire, even when the area is clear from smoke, the effects could be ingrained in your furniture, carpet, walls and other areas that smoke can get into.

Eye Irritation – Even if you can’t see it, smoke contamination can be present after a fire. This can irritate the eyes making it itchy, watery and red, which can lead to more concerns and harm to your eyes. Be sure to seek medical attention if you are exposed to a fire.

Skin damage – Smoke can get into clothing and furniture, so after a fire, there could be small particles lingering that irritate the skin. These smoke residue and soot can cause serious skin irritation which may need medical attention.

Contact Hero Fire Protection to schedule a free fire safety assessment. We are a full-service fire protection company in Hawaii dedicated in educating families about the devastating effects of home fires and other home safety issues.
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