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Seeing your home go up in flames is traumatic enough, never mind thinking about the aftermath of this devastating nightmare and the long-term effects it could have on your health and home. Fire damage goes beyond the immediate damage caused by the burning itself. Damage from ash and smoke, long-lasting odors, glass etching, metal tarnishing – the list goes on. Let’s take a look at some causes for concern when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration.
When a house fire occurs, so many toxic substances are released into the air due to the types of materials used to build it. The most hazardous substance that is cause for concern is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are released into the air with the burning of materials such as furniture, plastics, and electronics from the home.
Among the substances found in soot, which is a by-product of the materials mentioned above, are PAHs and other carcinogens, such as cadmium, arsenic, and chromium, which can all cause cancer as well as genetic alterations. Exposure to these toxic chemicals makes it twice as likely that you develop mesothelioma or cancers of the skin and testicles.
Cancer aside, there are also many other less deadly health risks involved when it comes to smoke and soot. Some of the most common include:
Fire and Smoke Damage – Skin & Eye Irritation
The acidity levels from soot and smoke can cause many negative impacts on your health. You may experience itchy, watery, and sore eyes as well as severe irritation and dryness of the skin.
Acute and Long Term Respiratory Symptoms
When there is soot in the air, you breathe this in and it coats your lungs, causing acute asthma, chronic bronchitis, and permanent lung damage in children.
Existing, and potentially unknown, heart issues could be exacerbated with exposure to the carbon monoxide that comes with smoke and soot.
Once you’ve noticed a house fire in your home, you may find that your instincts take over and you begin to handle the situation in a way that may not necessarily be the best long-term decision. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to smoke damage in your home:
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