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When it comes to house fires, your home is not the only thing that can be affected; There is a danger beyond the flames that many are unaware of. Toxic smoke created by fires can pose risks to those exposed, even after the fact. Here are a few things to know about deadly smoke dangers.

There are more than 1 million house fires in the United States annually. With that being said, there are also more than 3,00 deaths per year due to house fires, but the cause is not what you may think. Toxic smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death due to fires. Inhaling smoke from the fire means inhaling a combination of harmful chemicals. Smoke is primarily composed of carbon monoxide but contains cyanide from burnt materials such as plastics, rubbers, and foams. Cyanide is extremely detrimental. Cyanide is poisonous and prevents your body from absorbing and using oxygen. The burning of these types of materials can also impair respiration and have long-term side effects.

It is important to know the steps to take to prevent home fires and to avoid the risks of exposure to toxic smoke. How to store any flammable materials properly is extremely important. A few simple steps you can take to help prevent fires in your home are:

Regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Be cautious when using candles.

Keep any area with heat clean (oven, dryer, heaters).

Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

The licensed professionals at American Restoration Water and Fire in Albuquerque are available for any questions. If you experience fire damage to your property, contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here for you in your time of need!