Fire damage refers to the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. It could directly be caused by flames or could occur due to smoke and other corrosive substances emitted during the fire.
After a fire is extinguished, soot and smoke spread very quickly to cause smoke damage. They consist of chemicals, acids, and dust. Not only it’s dangerous for our health but it can cause serious damage to the property, like discoloration of walls and lingering smoke odor. So while damage due to fire and smoke are different things, both can be harmful to humans and property.
More than flames, the smoke from fire can be a potential health hazard. Fire smoke is the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoke from fire is comprised of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide as well as soot. Many other harmful chemicals can also enter the air and are inhaled into your lungs, causing harm to the respiratory system. They can also get settled on clothing, walls, furniture and other areas.
Damage caused by fire and smoke is best treated by a professional fire restoration company; however there are some small things that could be done to minimize the initial damage:
- Open all windows and doors
- Clean furniture and upholstery using soap and water
- Clean your clothing
This is taken care of as part of fire restoration, but certain things like an odor eliminating spray, airing out the furniture and vacuuming the carpets can help reduce the odor.