Health Risks Associated with Smoke & Soot Exposure

It is natural that suffering from a fire leads to financial loss. Maybe you get an idea that D-I-Y is a realistic solution, and you consider taking the "easy" way and cleaning or restoring smoke and soot damage on your own to save your deductible. But you might be endangering your health and that of your loved ones. Hidden dangers of fire, smoke, and soot are significant.

Smoke and soot are reminders of how a fire can damage more than what meets the eye, and turning to the professionals at PDQ Restoration, truly, is your best and only option to avoid smoke and soot exposure.

Why Are Smoke & Soot Hazardous to Health?

Smoke and soot cause health damage

In the usual sense, smoke is obviously hazardous. But smoke and soot can be even more dangerous than you realize. Tiny, carcinogenic particles are present throughout a space after the fire is extinguished. They settle on walls, furniture, and other surfaces and contents.

  • Smoke particles result from waste products like solids, liquids, and gases, which may be composed of various chemicals that are harmful to your health.
  • What makes it more threatening is these particles can easily get into human contact through skin and eyes, inhalation, and ingestion.
  • Moreover, soot particles are invisible and can cause several critical health issues by entering the bloodstream.
Fire damaged kitchen room

Effects of Smoke & Soot Exposure

Lingering smoke and soot particles negatively impact health. Long-term, or sometimes short-term, exposure leads to these health hazards:

  • Respiratory issues: When soot particles are breathed in, it directly affects the lungs. Prolonged exposure causes extensive respiratory problems like asthma, coughing, and bronchitis.
  • Skin or eye irritation: Eye irritation, redness, itching, and watery eyes can be caused by smoke and soot. Direct contact with soot particles can also cause skin irritation, resulting in rashes, itching, and dryness.
  • Cancer or other serious health risks: Prolonged exposure to high levels of soot particles has been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory cancers.

How Can You Avoid Smoke & Soot Hazards?

Taking immediate action for smoke and soot damage also means recognizing its dangerous nature. Avoiding smoke-related health hazards also means turning to PDQ Restoration for professional smoke and soot cleanup or removal. We'll assess your smoke damage with advanced equipment and methods to remove smoke hazards.

PDQ Fire & Water Damage Restoration is a long-time restoration industry leader. Our expertise and client satisfaction are proven. PDQ has IIRC-certified technicians experienced in handling smoke, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at 973-447-3363 for assistance with smoke odor removaldeodorizing and more. We'll assist you with:

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