Minimizing the Effect of Smoke Inhalation on Your Health Fire damage can be extensive when there is a fire in the home. But if you are in the same area as fire damage to any home, you should be sure that you know how you are going to properly care for your respiratory system to ensure that you are not negatively affected by the fire and how to deal with medical health insurance. The smoke and the debris from the fire can cause a lot of people to experience discomfort throughout their respiratory system and in their eyes. When there is ash in the air outside due to a wildfire or a nearby house fire, you want to make sure that you are staying indoors unless otherwise directed by authorities.
Ensuring You Have Protective Equipment While you are outside, you may find that you are not able to avoid the inhalation of ash and smoke. Some people think that they can wear dust masks and breathe safely while a fire is burning in the area, but these dust masks will not keep the most dangerous particles out. The particles that are the most dangerous to breathe in are those that are very small. If your dust mask has a HEPA filter, you can be sure that the dangerous particles are not going to be making it through the mask and to your respiratory system. If you have any type of lung disease, you should talk with your physician before you trust a mask. You want to make sure that you get approval to go outside before you cause yourself the pain or trouble of breathing in chemicals or particles that are going to hurt you. Even if you are not extremely close in proximity to the fire, you should not be exercising outside when you notice the smell of smoke or if you feel irritation in your throat or eyes as a result of the fire. This can be difficult for those that are used to exercising outside. Travelling a safe distance from the fire can be a great way to keep you safe while exercising outside or you may want to start exercising inside rather than outside. When the fire subsides, you can return to exercising outside.
Having Good Coverage Contacting your medical health insurance provider to see what coverage they provide for any injuries you have sustained due to the fire, or if they will cover the cost of a hospital visit to
examine your lungs following smoke inhalation is advised. If your medical health insurance provider does not cover some costs, you may have to consider other options to get the treatment you need. If your child has any type of respiratory problem you will want to keep them indoors as much as possible. Children often have respiratory systems that have a harder time with smoke because their respiratory systems are still developing. Watch your children for any signs of respiratory struggles if you are in the area of a Reno fire. This way, you can be sure that you catch the problem early before any type of permanent damage is done as a result of being outside. When a fire is burning it can be frustrating to keep yourself and your children inside, but it will be well worth the frustration. In the long run you can avoid permanent respiratory problems by taking the necessary precautions. Photo Credit: Anton Novoselov, Zach Dischner, Angelo Gonzalez
Published on Aug 14, 2013