Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Effects of Smoke Exposure

Smoke Exposure

Depending on the type of fire, for example wood, rubber or waste, various harmful chemicals are released into the air. Fire is a mixture of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, various matter and chemicals depending on what is burning and how hot the fire is.

When exposed to the smoke from various fires you may experience the following mild symptoms:

·         Sore eyes
·         Irritated throat
·         Sinus, or issues breathing through your nose
·         Nausea

Smoke inhalation can be dangerous and should therefore be avoided at all costs. Serious effects of heavier, longer smoke exposure may cause the following symptoms:

·         Heart problems
·         Trouble breathing
·         Asthma
·         Heart disease
·         Headaches/ migraines

People that are exposed to smoke for long periods of time are susceptible to developing chronic illnesses; therefore, if you live in an area that causes you to be exposed to smoke on a regular basis, make sure you are visiting your doctor for regular check-ups- having comprehensivemedical cover can help you afford to get a regular check-up. Areas that are detrimental to your health include farming areas, where fire breaks are often carried out, and factories that operate hazardous materials.

Babies, young children, pregnant woman and seniors should keep away from areas that will affect their health as they are more sensitive to smoke exposure. Avoiding smoke exposure may be difficult; make sure your house is safe from potential fires by installing fire suppression systems which include items such as extinguishers, sprinklers, hose reels and fire detectors.

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