Fire takes away millions of life each year all over the world and not all of them are caused by the fire itself. A fire is of course most destructive when it is still burning but even after it has been put out, the hazard is not always over. Here are some lingering effects of fire that we should be careful against.
- Fire emits a lot of smoke and those who do not suffer burns, are often impaled by smoke inhalation. Smoke damage restoration is of utmost importance in this regard. It contains carbon particles and when inhaled, it can cause serious lung infections, not to mention asthma and watery eyes.
- It can cause sneezing and coughing and it can be terrible when there are children or elderly around. You have to be sure to get ash and smoke residue out of the house and ventilate the premises as best as possible. Try to do away with any item that has been in the smoky room for too long or at least try and give it a good scrub before placing it back.
Another fire hazard is damage to physical property and while often items are completely destroyed by a major fire, some just about manage to survive. And this can be a cause of concern because neither are they fully destroyed, nor are they in a fit state to stay around the house. The biggest concerns are the roofs and the stairwells. The banisters of the staircase or the steps might have been loosened by the fire and the slightest pressure on them can make the entire structure collapse. It is essential to tread ground very carefully in a fire ravaged building.
Water and Mold Damage
One of the hazards that we generally end to overlook is water damage during fire. Although this might sound contradictory, the fact remains that water is used to douse the fire and it gets accumulated in puddle in the nooks and corners. We worry so much about the fire that we overlook the water. The latent heat present in the room will vaporize the water and it will make the walls and the floors damp. If allowed to stand for too long, it will even give rise to mold and that will create fungal infections if you do not keep it in check.