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Dangerous Inhalants In A Burned Building In Lemay

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Although you may think of it as little more than annoyance, smoke is one of the largest risk factors remaining after a fire.

The Risks Inside A Fire Damaged Building

After a fire, many injuries occur on account of homeowners desperate to assess the damage and get out precious items. These homeowners are usually unprepared for the risks inside of a burned building, and some of the most concerning injuries usually have to do with inhaled material. Wearing a mask in and around a burned area is important, and life-saving in some cases. If you enter a burned area without proper protection, these are some of the most dangerous things you could be breathing in.

Smoke
Although you may think of it as little more than annoyance or perhaps an asthma trigger, smoke is one of the largest risk factors remaining after fire damage in Lemay. Because an uncontrolled fire can burn so much material, much of it varied in composition and nature, large volumes of smoke are easily produced and can cause serious respiratory health effects. Some smoke may also contain other chemicals and compounds which can directly lead to poisoning and even life-threatening conditions, although such smoke is usually rare in a residence.

Glass Dust
During a fire, glass is often broken by falling objects, sometimes being ground into dust in the process. In some cases, this dust may be fine enough to become airborne, and if inhaled, this material can cut your throat and lungs severely. In the hours after the September 11 attacks, for example, many people were injured as pulverized glass was breathed in without a filter. If you experience signs of inhaling glass dust, call emergency services immediately.

Airborne Toxins
In addition to toxic smoke, fires may trigger chemical reactions in one or more substances, creating dangerous gasses in your home. Often, these collect in "bubbles" in some corner of your house, making for a toxic atmosphere in that particular location. Be wary of unusual smells after a fire, even if the area does not appear burned.

SERVPRO of Oakville / Mehlville is a locally-owned company which specializes in home restorations and repairs following major damage. For our help in restoring your home back to the way it was before a fire, call us at (314) 846-0600.

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