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The Dangers of Smoke Inhalation

It is very important, in the event of a disaster, to remember that where there is fire, there will be smoke. While fire certainly poses a threat to the safety of anyone who comes into contact with it or with surfaces that have been heated by flame, smoke inhalation is the leading cause of fatalities associated with fires. The longer a person is in an enclosed space with smoke, the greater the risk of catastrophic health effects.

A properly functioning fire alarm and sprinkler system can help you, your loved ones, or your customers to quickly and safely escape a fire that breaks out in your home or place of business. Contact the Austin fire protection services professionals of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to find out what proactive measures you can take to prevent future tragedies.

Hazardous Effects of Smoke Inhalation

Some of the health effects of smoke inhalation may include:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Swelling, scarring, and irritation of the respiratory tract
  • Respiratory distress
  • Asphyxiation

Though smoke appears to act like a gas, the particles in smoke are actually microscopically broken down solids that have been consumed by fire. As a consequence, every breath of smoke that an individual draws in contains the chemicals and substances that have been burned, many of which may be toxic.

As smoke and the broad variety of chemicals it contains displace oxygen in one’s lungs, it interferes with the ability of vital systems and organs to function properly as they receive inadequate oxygen and experience cell death. Prevention of smoke inhalation should be a top priority in the event of a fire.

Contact Us

Do not take chances with your safety or your property. Contact the Austin fire alarm experts of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020.