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Health Risks To Avoid When Fire Damage Strikes

fire damage suncadiaHouse fires can  create massive disasters and destruction in your Suncadia home, and then there is the smoke damage that occurs as well. This makes it unsafe to move back into your home and live in these conditions, at least until all the smoke and fire damage has been removed. We know that this just adds one more thing to worry about after a fire, finding a place to stay, but it is so important to not expose your loved ones to the health risks that result from a fire. This is also one of the many reasons you should hire cleaning and restoration specialists to handle the cleanup and repairs so you do not expose yourself to unnecessary harm. Here are just few of the health risks that you want to avoid when your home sustains fire damage:

  • Respiratory Issues: Soot and smoke are toxic when inhaled, and even long after the flames have been extinguished they can linger in the home and on surfaces. The byproducts of the fire are often just as harmful as cigarette smoke, and can cause a number of different respiratory symptoms including (but not limited to):
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia

The damage that your lungs can sustain from smoke and soot following a fire is serious, and should not be taken lightly. It is important to stay out of a damaged home, especially without the proper personal protective equipment, and wait until the smoke and soot damage have been removed and cleaned before entering again.

  • Skin Issues: Since soot and ash have toxic carcinogenic properties, your skin is at risk of harm following a fire. Exposure to smoke and soot can cause irritation and rashes. Even more serious is the threat of burns. Ash can retain heat following a fire, and if it gets into contact with your skin can cause serious injuries like third degree burns. Even clothes that were in the home during the fire need to be cleaned properly so that soot toxins that may have been absorbed by the materials cannot irritate your skin.
  • Eye irritation: Soot and smoke particles in the air can cause instant irritation to eyes. Eyes can often become red, itchy, and dry just from walking through a room that has sustained damage. Prolonged exposure can make irritation even worse. Those particles can actually get trapped in your eye, and then rubbing from the irritation and dryness can actually scratch your cornea, causing serious damage. Any time there may be soot in your eyes, you should see an eye doctor right away to prevent irreversible damage. It is not worth the risk to your eyes to be around fire damage.
  • Long-Term Effects: If the breathing, skin, and eye issues that fire damage can cause to you are not enough to convince you to stay out of your home, then you need to be aware of the long-term health risks that being exposed to carcinogens from fire damage can cause. Keep in mind, these effects are worse for elder, immune-compromised, and infants, but can still be detrimental to the health of anyone exposed. Some of the most common long-term effects of smoke exposure are cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. 

Fire Damage in Suncadia

Any damage caused by fire needs to be taken seriously and handled with extreme caution. We know how devastating and overwhelming dealing with fire damage is, but if you trust the cleanup and restoration to Clean Image, then you can rest assured that your home will be returned to normal as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep you and your loved ones safe by avoiding fire damage.