Top Dangers of Soot Exposure

Pollution due to soot has been still the topmost global dilemma that needs to be given attention. Soot public awareness has been implemented and practiced but still uncontrolled and not responsibly managed.

Commonly soot can be found on vehicle tailpipes, diesel engines, oil refineries, coal plant smokestacks, fires and even on household’s usage of grills, fireplaces, and cook stove for cooking and heating. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), currently, 70 million Americans are living in areas and under risks of exposure to soot hazard. Most people tend to neglect the dangers of soot after a fire incident and should not be taken for granted. This article will be covering only soot damages after fire incidents.

First and foremost, what is a Soot?

Soot is a form of black powdery substance made up mostly of amorphous carbon and other elements. Usually found on organic material like wood that failed to burn completely, stayed in the air and settled on the different parts of the house.

Reasons why soot is dangerous after a fire incident:

Whenever after a fire incident struck a certain home, both smoke and soot posed also dangers other than fire alone. It is a priority to clean up, remove and uncontaminated the parts of the house immediately, to avoid exposure to soot and smoke.

Reason No. 1: Respiratory Health Related Problems

By inhaling, soot can cause different sorts of respiratory health problems like bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. Soot contains toxic particles like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other traces of heavy metals.

Reason No. 2: Cancer Risks

Based on studies of National Cancer Institute, soot alone contain carcinogens or cancer-causing agents like chromium, arsenic, and cadmium, which likely you are at risk if inhaled. Prolonged exposure to these elements can cause respiratory ailments and other health-related problems.

Reason No. 3: Property Damage

Additionally, soot also deteriorates your house painting works. All the painted surfaces of your house will be discolored by the acidic particles of soot. If left-over for a long time and not cleaned immediately, the soot will deeply infiltrate and cleaning with restoration would be difficult to deal with. Immediate clean-up using nitrile gloves with a mask is a must to prevent reactions of oils and acidic particles to happen.

Reason No. 4: Electronics Damage

Soot and smoke are also capable of ruining electronic devices and machines after every fire incident. The soot’s acidic particles and smoke’s metallic particles can create rusts and short-circuit electronic devices that upon using it can possibly malfunction or even explode unknowingly. For this reason, after any fire incident, all electronic devices should be cleaned, checked and tested even if they are not damaged or burned.

Reason No. 5: Smoke Odor Residuals

After every fire, the lingering smell of smoke is irritatingly odorous that needs to be cleaned and removed. The smell that sticks to the whole house area may it be infected or not, should be given attention with priority by cleaning like using white vinegar in wiping furniture or using a bowl of powdered charcoal to absorb the smell.


After every fire incident soot should be treated immediately and with priority. It is a dangerous black powdery substance that can cause respiratory health problems, cancer, property damage-house paints, electronics damage, and smoke odor residuals.

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