A fire can do great damage to people and their property. In fact, there was $23 billion in property damage in 2017 caused by fires. But even after the fire subsides, there’s still danger. The lingering smoke from a fire is harmful to your health. Find out how smoke damage cleanup helps you avoid the following 5 risks.
Asthma is a disease that causes inflammation in the airways to your lungs. This makes it harder to breathe. Soot and mold contribute to the development of this disease. Smoke damage even reaches parts of the house that weren’t affected by the fire.
Your walls, carpet, and furniture can all carry particulate matter which can get in your lungs. Smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and soot, all of which is toxic to humans. These toxins linger even after the fire is expunged, and the effects of them can harm a person for a lifetime.
While it is commonly linked to smoking, Emphysema can also take place in people who live in unsanitary working environments. This disease attacks the small air sacs in the lungs. This limits a person’s ability to absorb oxygen, thereby crippling their breathing. The lungs lose their elasticity, and there are no cures, with treatment only slowing down its progression.
Bronchitis occurs whenever the bronchial tubes become inflamed. These tubes bring air in and out of the lungs. Unlike acute bronchitis, which is milder and will go away with time and treatment. Chronic bronchitis can last for months, if not years. The inflammation that is in the bronchial tubes results in an abundance of mucus in the airways. This mucus hinders breathing. Chronic Bronchitis can even lead to Emphysema.
If you’ve been in a house that’s on fire, you’ll find that your eyes are irritated. Your eyes will water and itch because of the soot and smoke damage, and it can feel quite uncomfortable. Even after the fire subsides, your eyes could continue to feel agitated.
The aftermath of a fire leaves soot behind. The soot is an irritant to your skin and can cause damage as well. Because the dryness comes from the smoke particles found in the air, you won’t be able to fix this problem using lotion alone.
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