The Danger in The Air After A Small Fire: What You Need to Know

Have you ever wondered what lingers in the air after a small fire in your home? It might surprise you that the air can still pose significant health risks even after extinguishing flames. It's more than essential to improve the indoor air quality after fire damage. This blog will discuss the dangers that can remain in the air after a fire and how to prioritize safety.

Fire damaged kitchen room

Dangers in The Air After A Small Fire You May Experience

It's essential to remember that even small fires can pose a significant danger, even after they have been extinguished. While small fires may not cause the same level of destruction as larger ones, the damage they leave behind can still be hazardous to human health and property.

What's That Smell? The Lingering Odors of a Small Fire?

The saying goes that our sense of smell is powerful, and after a minor fire, it might be the first to detect something amiss. Lingering odors from burnt materials and smoke can permeate your home long after the fire is out. But these odors aren't just unpleasant; they can be hazardous to your health.

Smoke and fire damaged house

Smoke and Soot Particles

Even when the air seems clear, tiny and invisible particles known as smoke and soot can still hang in the air and settle on surfaces. When inhaled, these particles can be harmful, leading to respiratory issues and other health concerns.

Smoke odor affecting the woman

Toxic Gases: The Silent Threat After a Fire

Fires produce a variety of toxic gases, the most dangerous of which is carbon monoxide (CO). What makes CO particularly insidious is it's odorless and colorless, making it difficult to detect without specialized equipment and well-versed methods. Even after a small fire, CO can still be present in the air, posing a grave risk to anyone exposed. Symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

In more severe situations, the outcome can be unconsciousness or even death.

Fire damaged smoke causes health hazard

Health Issues Could Emerge

It is expected to focus on the visible property damage and forget about the less apparent but equally essential health concerns related to the aftermath of a small fire. It is crucial for anyone who has experienced a small fire or has been exposed to its aftermath to understand the potential health risks involved. Here are some of the health issues that one may experience:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sore throat
  • Watery eyes

Professional Fire Damage Restoration to Improve Air Quality

PDQ Fire & Water Damage Restoration can be your trusted partner in restoring air quality after a small fire. We have a 29-minute average response time and are available 24/7 to assess the damage caused by fire, remove smoke and soot, improve indoor air quality, and restore the damaged area.

Being a locally owned and operated company, we work directly with your insurance provider to streamline the claims process. To know more about our services, call us immediately at 973-447-3363.

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