For the year ending March 2022, the fire and rescue services attended to a total of 577,053 incidents. This represents an 11% increase from the previous year. Furthermore, there are 3 main types of damage a fire can cause is smoke, flame and third party damage. However, there are also potential impacts that may go unnoticed.
Fire damage can be both visible and invisible. Visible signs include charred walls and surfaces covered in soot. In addition, further investigation may be essential to detect hidden damage.
Below are some hidden damages that could pose a threat to your property and your health.
It’s possible that there is water damage from when the fire was extinguished. Signs of mould and mildew can be visible on walls, window sills and ceilings. They are not always obvious as the water absorbs into the property, hidden in corners, behind furniture, beneath floorboards and can create a musty smell.
When wet mould dries, it turns into a powdered consistency (particles) - this is dangerous to breathe in. It can affect those who suffer from respiratory problems significantly more than others but it can even cause these problems to those who are of good health.
Fire damage includes smoke damage, which contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide as well as other toxins including acid gases, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Inhalation of these particles and substances can obstruct airways in the lungs and lead to severe irritation.
The longer smoke particles are left increases the chance of it becoming acidic. Therefore, it is advisable to have the property professionally cleaned promptly, as it could result in permanent bad odours and stains.
Fire damage may cause obvious structural damage, including holes in the walls and cracks throughout the property. However, it is what is beneath these obvious damages that become an issue. It can increase the structural integrity of the property, as well as giving weather easy access into the property.
In addition to this, heat can damage different structures and materials such as steel, bricks and joints. If structural elements are damaged, they could fail in the future, making the property a hazard.
Both gas and water pipes are usually made out of plastic or metal, both of these can be affected severely by fire damage. It can melt these materials as well as their seals, resulting in water leaks or even worse, gas leaks. Water leaks may cause structural damage as well as further fires if it were to come into contact with electrical sources. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous, potentially causing further fires and explosions.
It is really important to check your electrical appliances and wiring before using them, such as fridges and washing machines, even if they look undamaged. The plastic around the wires can melt from the heat, causing damage inside. If there are any faulty wires or damaged parts that could easily cause another fire because of all the soot inside.
Therefore, it's best to get the electrics looked at by an expert first. Moreover, water affects electrics so it’s crucial to make sure which appliances work and which ones don’t work, so they should be professionally checked to help avoid another fire.
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