A fire is nasty, but smoke can be even worse. You might think that the fire itself most often causes fire-related deaths, but this isn’t actually the case. Most often, it’s the smoke that wreaks the most havoc. For this reason, we thought it might be useful to go over the effects of smoke inhalation, if only to underscore the point that if there’s a fire within your home, then it’s important to get out!

When exposed to smoke, you will most likely develop a cough and have trouble breathing. There are a few different reasons for this, not the least of which is the smoke itself replacing oxygen in the environment (and the fire depleting it). Moreover, the smoke and any hazardous chemicals that may be in it will irritate your respiratory tract.

Smoke can affect more than your breathing, though. Because of the number of irritants present within smoke, you may experience irritation and redness in the eyes, as well as a change in your skin color. In addition, because of these factors and oxygen deprivation, you will likely experience a headache, which could accompany a significant deterioration in your mental faculties.

If you’re unable to leave an environment where a tremendous amount of smoke is present, these effects will only get worse as time moves on, and you could eventually risk losing your life. That’s why you should always seek a way to escape smoke that’s caused by a fire, and why you should stay close to the ground, where the smoke will be less prevalent.

Of course, we also recommend that your home and workplace be protected by a state-of-the-art smoke detector and alarm, like the ones we manufacture at Crossfire Alarms. These can help you to be alerted to smoke and a fire before the situation gets dire enough for you to experience the negative effects of smoke inhalation.

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/lung/smoke_inhalation_treatment_firstaid.htm