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House Fires: The Fatal Danger Beyond the Flames

1 month ago   |   By Cleveland Clinic

There are more than 1 million house fires in the United States each year and more than 3,000 people will die each year as a result of fires. But the cause of death in a fire usually is not from severe burns. More often than not, deaths in house fires are a result of smoke inhalation .
“While the danger of being burned by a fire is evident, many people are unaware of the dangers of smoke inhalation,” says emergency department physician Baruch Fertel, MD .
Often, the smoke in a house fire overcomes people so quickly that they can't make it to an otherwise accessible exit, the National Fire...
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