Residential Smoke Damage And The Risks To Your Health

Residential Smoke Damage And The Risks To Your Health

After a fire in your home has been completely extinguished, your first instinct is to enter your home and assess the damage. However, homes are extremely dangerous after a fire. Not only are they dangerous, because the fire may have damaged the infrastructure of the home, leading to the risk of injury from collapse, but smoke damage is extremely toxic. Here are some of the biggest health risks of smoke damage and why you should never enter your home after a fire.


Toxins In Smoke Damage


Fire changes the chemical composition of whatever it burns. Things that are perfectly safe normally, once they’ve caught on fire, can change and release a number of toxins. Materials like plastic, wood, and metal can leave serious toxins in the air including:


  • Hydrogen Chlorine
  • Dioxin Chloromethane
  • Phosgene
  • Bromomethane
  • Ammonia
  • Nitrogen Oxide
  • Tar
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Thiols
  • and many more...


These toxins are released as particulate matter and stay in the air in your home. Being exposed to these toxins creates a serious health risk.


Health Risks From Toxic Smoke Damage


There are numerous illnesses that are caused by exposure to toxic fire smoke. Some of the most common issues include:


  • Breathing issues including chronic coughing, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, and lung disease like COPD
  • Cardiovascular issues like heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary emboli
  • Skin issues such as irritation, psoriasis, and allergic reactions
  • Eye issues like irritation and burning, dry eye syndrome, and vision loss


These risks increase with prolonged exposure. So not only should you never enter your home immediately after a fire, but you should also never enter your home until you’ve worked with a fire restoration company.


What Is Fire Restoration?


Fire restoration is more than just cleaning up after a fire and removing the damaged items. Fire restoration addresses the toxins that have been released into your home after a fire. It includes measuring toxin levels, addressing the source of the toxins, and removing toxins from the home. The process also works to minimize the damage and assess any ancillary issues that occurred because of the fire. Finally, it also includes testing and confirming your home is fully safe from anything that could be a health risk before you move back in.


Why Hire A Fire Restoration Company After A Fire?


Beyond just avoiding the health risks from toxic smoke damage, a fire restoration company can help you handle the workflow. After a fire, there is a lot to do. You have to remove all your items, fix any damage to your infrastructure and replace and lost items, and clean everything up. It’s a massive project and if you don’t have the experience, it can become instantly overwhelming.


At  Renew Restoration, our certified fire restoration experts understand all the health risks after a fire. We won’t just clean up, we’ll make sure that your home is completely safe for you and your family to move back in. If your home was damaged in a fire, give us a call. We’ll take care of everything.

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