The Dangers of Smoke Inhalation

11th August 2017

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Many fire related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation. Smoke has many catastrophic effects on the body and can affect it in a number of ways such as pulmonary irritation, thermal damage and toxic poisoning.

Smoke inhalation takes place as a result of fires releasing harmful vapours and gases; victims are limited to clean air during the outbreak of fire, so the likeliness of breathing in toxic fumes rises, and they become at risk of smoke inhalation. House fires produce hundreds of these toxic fumes and harmful airborne chemicals due to the burning materials and restriction of oxygen.

Who is at Risk from Smoke Inhalation?

If fire is present within a building, anyone within the property becomes at risk of smoke inhalation, especially if a fire breaks out during the night and residents are asleep. Not only do humans have a risk of smoke inhalation, but so do animals within the property. Children and animals are believed to be more at risk of smoke inhalation as toxins can travel around their body a lot quicker due to their small size and children have a delayed response time to danger in comparison to adults.

How is Smoke Formed During a House Fire?

Smoke is formed by burning materials, each of which releases its own toxic fumes such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide (CO2). Sofas, for example, contain wood, cotton, fabric, springs and cushions, all of these materials will release toxic smoke and heighten the risk of smoke inhalation to those around.

Around half of the house fires recorded are caused by cooking appliances and the others stem from faulty electronic equipment or devices, candles, cooking appliances, cigarettes and lighters (gov.uk).

What is the Solution?

When protecting residential properties from fire, it is essential that an effective and reliable fire detection system is in place to ensure the occupants have enough time to react and reach safety. Honeywell X-Series battery operated smoke and heat alarms offer a reliable fire detection solution and have been designed to suit anyone, from professional landlords to safety-conscious homeowners.

Honeywell X-Series Smoke and Heat Alarms

Smoke and Heat Alarms

Honeywell X-Series smoke and heat alarms are perfect for protecting homes from fire as they carry out frequent self-checks to provide maximum efficiency and have a lifespan of 7-10 years. Honeywell X-series smoke and heat alarms have also been designed to have a sleek and modern appearance, yet are very discreet. They are easy to install, cost-effective and are available in three types:

  • XS100 Smoke Alarm - perfect for bedrooms and living areas.
  • XH100 Heat Alarm - ideal for kitchens and garages.
  • XS100T Optical Thermal Smoke Alarm - effective in living areas, bedrooms and escape routes.

CO Alarms

Co Alarms

There are also three types of Carbon Monoxide detectors available within the Honeywell X-Series range to ensure increased protection is provided.

X-Series CO alarms provide both pre-alarm and alarm warnings as well as power and fault indicators. As with the X-Series smoke and heat alarms, the CO alarm is also available in three versions:

  • XC70 CO alarm - an entry level CO alarm
  • XC100 CO alarm - provides a one-of-a-kind visual alarm message
  • XC100D CO alarm - provides a prominent, unique alarm as well as a multifunction CO level and display

Wireless Module

Wireless Module

The X-Series Wireless module allows all X-Series devices to connect wirelessly to provide increased protection and an advanced warning of fire. The X-Series Wireless module holds a ten-year lifespan and warranty to cover the lifespan of the connected devices.


For more information about the Honeywell X-Series Heat and Smoke alarms, or to discuss any of the other products that Eurofyre have to offer, please feel free to get in touch either by phone on +44 (0) 1329 835 024, by email to sales@eurofyre.co.uk or via the online enquiry form situated on our contact page.

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Mark Redfearn

Posted by Mark Redfearn

Mark is the technical services manager at Eurofyre.

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