A fire can be dangerous and is a frightening experience, but even after the flames are put out, there are some hidden dangers of smoke and soot damage. When a fire burns, not all material will burn cleanly, which results in the soot and smoke. These products are made of various materials that can be harmful to health. Structures and the materials inside can be made up of fabrics, plastics, foams, carpets, wood products, and asbestos-containing materials, which are leftover in the smoke and soot.
Exposure to both smoke and soot after the fire can occur through the eyes, skin, ingestion, and inhalation. Materials that can be found in the smoke and soot include Mesothelioma causing asbestos fibers, especially if the building was built from the 1950s to 1980s. PVC can create hydrogen, chloride, dioxin, and other chemicals. Wood smoke that is related can share more than 100 chemicals that you can also find in cigarette smoke.
When fossil fuels are burned, the chemical compounds are released in the environment and can affect many different aspects of the ecosystem. However, this works the same way for soot contamination and can impact the indoor air quality, in addition to leaving behind stains and bad odors.
Soot can be inhaled into the lungs and the particles can cause some breathing issues, which include asthma, bronchitis, and other severe respiratory illnesses. These illnesses can affect your ability to carry on with normal activities. When soot enters the bloodstream, it can also cause other health issues that induce a heart attack, cancer, and premature death. For infants that even have a small bit of exposure, it can cause health consequences that are lifelong and can permanently alter the respiratory systems that are still developing.
It can be dangerous to clean up soot and smoke on your own. There needs to be adequate safety equipment involved, which includes protection for the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Just having a mask is not enough. Proper ventilation practices are necessary to help improve the indoor air quality after a fire. To preserve air quality, a HEPA filter is needed.
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