Many of us recall fire safety education that included the advice that you drop to the floor and crawl in the event of a significant blaze. The reason behind the advice — Smoke inhalation is one of the biggest dangers in any fire and smoke rises. Whether it is a home fire or a wildfire, smoke is always a threat. When a fire is caused or exacerbated by human negligence (or all-out wrongdoing), victims of smoke inhalation in Northern and Central California can count on our San Francisco fire injury law firm for help recovering compensation for their injuries.
Doctors Report on the Danger of Smoke Inhalation from California Wildfires
The dangers of smoke inhalation are becoming far too real for some California residents as our state faces yet another wildfire. ABC7 reports that smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County has begun drifting north into San Jose and the South Bay area. According to the article, doctors have been seeing an increase in patients complaining of eye and airway irritation as the haze has moved into the area. One asthma specialist explains how the particulate matter in smoke impacts the lungs: “These are the small areas of the lungs, and the particulate matter can actually get down into the small airways of the lung and can cause asthma, mucous overproduction, wheezing, and can even cause decreased oxygenation to the blood.”