Smoke Inhalation: What to Do

Smoke Inhalation: What to Do

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It’s possible to inhale smoke and fumes from any form of fire. A lot of fires will actually
be burning something that can cause real
serious breathing problems. If you need to help someone
who is struggling to breathe, having been in a fire, it’s important to get them to fresh air as quickly as possible. Sit them down in a nice upright position, because they’ll find that
easier to breathe in, and get them to breathe fresh air. The fire brigade will have oxygen that can help them to clear
the breathing problems they’re having, so you need to make
sure that they get help, medical help quickly. Even if they appear to recover, they still need to be checked out. There’s also important
aspects about carbon monoxide as a smoke inhalation
that can make someone very seriously ill, and
they may not realise that it’s that that’s making them ill. So, key thing if it’s
something like a house fire, if they are burnt as well,
you’ll need to treat the burns. But the airway, any burns to the airway can also be very serious
and cause inflammation and tightening of the airway itself. So it’s important to
alert the fire service and the paramedics that you
think that that’s an issue too. They may have a hoarse voice,
they may have difficulty in breathing, and so get
them to fresh air quickly, and get medical help for them fast.

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