I have been a Firefighter for many years and as a firefighter I have encountered many hazards during my career when responding to hazardous material calls while preforming my duties.
Among the many hazards that I have encountered as a firefighter are respiratory hazards, blood borne pathogen hazards, airborne hazards, contagious disease hazards, and many others.
Listed below are some of the hazardous materials that firefighters encounter and are found in products that are found in most residential homes and businesses across the United States Of America.
Hydrogen Chloride is colorless and can be detected by its pungent odor, causes eye irritation, irritation or severe burns to the respiratory tract and lungs and can result in death.
Hydrogen Chloride is a byproduct of polyvinyl chloride most commonly found in products like upholstery materials, electrical insulation, furniture laminates, and wall coverings.
Hydrogen Cyanide is a colorless gas, smells like bitter almonds, made up of fibers, nylon, plastics, fibers, and wool.
Hydrogen Cyanide affects the cell tissue, causes an increase pulse rate, gasping respirations, confusion, headache, and with high levels of exposure to Hydrogen Cyanide it can cause respiratory failure and death.
Carbon Dioxide is not considered a toxic gas but can be very dangerous if a human is exposed to high levels of Carbon Dioxide.
A high level of Carbon Dioxide exposure causes an increase in the respiratory rate by stimulating the breathing center part of the brain, a high level exposure to Carbon Dioxide causes dizziness, difficulty breathing, suffocation, and death, is colorless, odorless and is considered to be nonflammable.
Phosgene also known as carbonyl chloride is used as a refrigerant like Freon or electrical wiring insulation, is colorless, tasteless gas, and usually has a musty hay odor.
Exposure to a high level of Phosgene will usually cause vomiting, dry throat, chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, eye irritation, skin irritation, skin discoloration, respiratory tract damage, and a lethal dose can be absorbed in the body before the body has time to react resulting in death.
This was just a short list of some of the hazardous materials firefighters encounter and are found in products that are found in most residential homes and businesses across the United States Of America.