Smoke Inhalation Overview

50-80% of Deaths related to Fire are due to smoke inhalation…

  • The number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation. An estimated 50%-80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than burns.
  • Smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in the products of combustion during a fire. Combustion results from the rapid breakdown of a substance by heat (more commonly called burning). Smoke is a mixture of heated particles and gases. It is impossible to predict the exact composition of smoke produced by a fire. The products being burned, the temperature of the fire, and the amount of oxygen available to the fire all make a difference in the type of smoke produced.
  • Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2014
  • Medical Author: Christopher P Holstege, MD