Would it surprise you to know that with structural fires, more deaths are caused by the smoke rather than the flames? According to the National Fire Protection Association, that’s true. That’s because of the toxic fumes generated by all the other things in your home or business that are burning.
In this issue, we’ll take a more detailed look at the dangers of smoke from home and business fires, and how to guard yourself against being overcome by smoke.
WHY IS SMOKE INHALATION SO DEADLY?
Smoke from a structural fire contains toxic vapors, particles and gases that are generated by the artificial materials in our homes and businesses.
It’s a scientific fact that we need oxygen to live, but as a fire grows, more and more oxygen is removed from the home or office. The carbon monoxide from the smoke prohibits your body from taking in oxygen.
HOW CAN I AVOID BEING OVERCOME BY SMOKE FROM A FIRE?
One of the most important things you can do if you’re caught in a structural fire is to remain calm.
** If you’re staying in a hotel or any other place that’s unfamiliar, be sure you know where the nearest stairwell or exit is located.
To minimize the effects of smoke, remember to:
FOR SMOKE DAMAGE CLEANUP IN SAN DIEGO, CALL J&M KEYSTONE
Once everyone is safe and the fire has been extinguished, it’s time to get busy with the cleanup. The damage caused by smoke, however, is definitely best handled by professionals.
Here at J&M Keystone, we’ve been providing smoke damage cleanup in San Diego for more than 30 years.
Call us at 800-368-2757.
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