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 to learn that even after the flames are extinguished, the air can still pose significant health risks. It's more than important to improve the indoor air quality after fire damage. In this eye-opening blog, we'll explore the hidden dangers that can linger in the air post-fire and what you need to do to stay safe.

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Dangers in The Air After A Small Fire You May Experience

Even small fires can be dangerous, even after they have been put out. Small fires may not cause the same dramatic destruction as large ones but the damage they leave behind can be just as dangerous to human health and property.

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

The nose knows, they say, and after a small fire, your nose might be the first to notice something isn't quite right. 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, invisible particles known as smoke and soot can hang in the air and settle on surfaces. These particles can be harmful when inhaled, 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 that it is 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 to it. Symptoms of CO poisoning include

  • dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Moreover, in severe cases, unconsciousness or death can be the consequences.

Fire damaged smoke causes health hazard

Health Issues Could Emerge

When we think about the aftermath of a small fire, it's easy to focus on the visible damage to property and forget about the less apparent but equally important concerns related to health. Understanding these potential health risks is crucial for anyone who has experienced a small fire or has been exposed to its aftermath. Here are the health issues you 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 is your trusted partner in restoring air quality after a small fire. With a 29-minute average response time, we're available 24/7 to assess the damage, remove smoke and soot, improve indoor air quality, and complete fire damage restoration. 

As 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 at 973-447-3363 right away.

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