The noxious fumes created by the burning of many household materials can quickly transform trapped, breathable air into a toxic cloud choking your lungs and burning your eyes long before the heat from a fire is a real danger.
In recent years, fire safety experts from the NFPA have published national statistics regarding deaths and injury resulting from fire. The data clearly indicates that smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death and injury. Online medical advice sites report 50%-80% of all deaths and injury from fire are primarily caused by smoke or a combination of smoke and fire. In 2011, the NFPA reported that from 2004 to 2008, 41% of all fire INJURIES reported were from smoke inhalation alone. Often these injuries create breathing problems long after the fire is out. Carbon Monoxide sends, you to sleep and Hydrogen Cyanide suffocates you whilst you are sleeping!
We are all aware of the 72 persons who perished in their own homes in June 2017 in that horrific fire at Grenfell Tower.
To read more about fire and smoke inhalation statistics:
For specific statistics on Structural Fires and incident frequency, view the NFPA document on “The U.S. Fire Problem.”
In 2017/2018, there were 334 fire-related fatalities in the United Kingdom alone.
There were 30,744 dwelling fires attended in 2017/18 in the UK.