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Soot – A Hidden Danger to Your Health

June 24th, 2017

We all have seen it – the ghostly black marks on the walls around our chimneys and those that seem to appear above the surface where you put a burning candle. Or those ghastly blackened building walls which we always see as a mere residual of a bigger disaster that just went by – a Fire!

However, those blackened walls are just not, what it seems. They are now an infectious zone that is more harmful than you can imagine. After a fire, all that is left is smoke that seems to linger for more than it should, clouding the area and making everything musty and hazy.

However, what is that blackness after all?

Well, when a fire goes down, in the process of everything being burned, including furniture, metal, plastic, fiber and what not, fuels are released as a chemical byproduct that is essentially toxic in nature. These fumes form dense, black clouds of smoke that surround the area and linger even days after the fire has been put down. The soot is formed because of the combustion that just took place within the premises.

The word “soot” might sound as simple and harmless, it is one of the most hazardous leftovers of a fire. Soot is a serious problem for human health. It poses severely harmful threats to a person breathing in an area contaminated by soot.  Breathing soot in can lead to heart disease, shortness of breath, lung cancer. It deprives the surrounding environment of freshness and brings in  a sense of heaviness lingering all over.

This is why smoke damage restoration should not be taken lightly. An immediate step for this is to  call a fire restoration service and let them clean up the place for you. You do not want to take health risks just because the issue appears harmless.

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