Health Consequences of Smoke Damage

November 21, 2018 | Bre Bakan

Even after the smoke clears, the damage it causes can be ongoing. It’s important that after a fire you are considering the potential health risks that are posed by a home suffering from smoke damage. While it may be tempting to save some money and clean up the mess yourself, it’s important to keep the following risks in mind and consider hiring a professional.

Smoke and soot are dangerous.

Not only is it an ugly reminder of what happened to your home, the stains left behind are actually dangerous. Even after you get the visible damage removed, residue can remain behind. Every time you enter the room you could be inhaling soot and other particles left behind from the fire.

Smoke and soot are the result of materials that didn’t burn cleanly. These waste products can be comprised of chemicals that can pose serious dangers to your heath.

Respiratory Issues are one of the most common side effects of inhaling smoke and soot. Sinus issues, trouble breathing, bronchitis, and asthma are all possible short-term consequences of smoke and soot inhalation.

After it enters your blood stream, it also poses more serious risks such as stroke, heart attack, cancer, and even premature death. In infants, even short-term exposure to soot can lead to life-time consequences from permanently altered respiratory systems.

Eye irritation is also a common side effect. Itchy, red, and watery eyes are frequent results from exposure to smoke. If you experience any eye discomfort, it’s a good sign that you should have professionals cleaning up your smoke damage.

Skin issues are also a problem that can results from smoke damage. Wearing clothing or touching surfaces that were exposed to smoke can result in severe skin irritation that everyday lotion may not soothe. Even after washing fabrics and clothing they may still retain some of the soot that can irritate your skin.


Fire leaves damage that can linger for years, even after all visible traces of it have been removed. That is why it’s so important to consults professionals when it comes to mitigating the damage. The correct respiratory, eye, and skin protection is necessary when cleaning and removing damage. Proper ventilation practices are also needed to protect and restore indoor air quality following a fire. Frequently the tools that we have at home are not enough to equipped to handle the damage present.

So in the instance of a fire– have your escape route planned to get out safe, and a professionals number to help clean up safe.