What to do when you inhale smoke from fire?
What should you do if you inhale smoke from a fire?
- Call 911 for emergency medical assistance.
- Remove the person from the smoke-filled area if it’s safe to do so and move them to a location with clean air.
- Check the person’s circulation, airway, and breathing.
- Start CPR, if necessary, while waiting for emergency help to arrive.
What to do if someone is suffering from smoke inhalation? Remove the person with smoke inhalation from the scene to a location with clean air. Make sure that you are not putting yourself in danger before you attempt to pull someone from a smoke-filled environment. If you would be taking a serious risk to help the person, wait for trained professionals to arrive at the scene.
Why do people die from smoke inhalation in fires? The number one cause of death when it comes to fires is smoke inhalation. Smoke inhalation damages the body by asphyxiation (lack of oxygen), chemical irritation, or a combination of the two. Smoke itself can be harmless to you but it takes up the space needed for oxygen, similar to carbon dioxide.
What should you do if you have smoke in Your House? Keep the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. Open windows to air out the house when air quality improves. Note: If you don’t have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. In these cases, seek alternative shelter, such as with relatives or a cleaner air shelter.
What can you do to reduce exposure to smoke? When it is necessary to work in heavy smoke, use appropriate respiratory protection to reduce exposure to the particles and gases in smoke. However, understand the limitations and cautions associated with respirator use before you use one. Important information on respirators is available at the web address listed at the end of this fact sheet.