Effects of Smoke Exposure

Effects of Smoke

Effects of Smoke Exposure

The smoke formed from various fires (waste, wood, rubber etc.) contains carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and other chemicals depending on the temperature of the fire and the matter that is burning.

Smoke inhalation should be kept to the bare minimum especially if you have any respiratory conditions. If exposed to smoke for a short amount of time you may experience mild effects such as:

* sore throat

* irritated eyes

* irritated nose

* nausea

More serious effects from longer and denser smoke exposure can include:

 

* difficulty breathing

* angina (heart condition)

* headaches

* asthma

* heart disease

Chronic health issues are also common if people are regularly exposed to smoke for prolonged time periods. If you live in a place where there is a lot of exposure to smoke; for example, farming areas that carry out seasonal fire brakes, make sure that your medical aid can cover your doctor consultations and get checked up regularly to avoid serious issues.

Pregnant women, babies/ young children and older folk are more sensitive to the effects of smoke and should not stay in an area where there is constant smoke and chemicals in the air.

Also, make sure that you are protected by any other potential fires by having the essential fire protection products such as extinguishers and hose reels.