Smoke is produced by the combustion of various materials. Sometimes asphyxiating, it can be dangerous, even fatal. It consists mainly of carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless and invisible gas, and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The substances released by smoke are toxic, affecting the lungs and respiratory tract.

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Published on 12 September 2023

7 good reasons for smoke detection

In this article:

What are the consequences of inhaling smoke?

The symptoms you may experience are varied:

  • Dizziness, headaches or nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Respiratory irritation
  • Bronchitis, bronchiolitis and asthma risks
  • Trachea or lung lesions
  • Mouth and throat burns.

If a person has inhaled a significant amount of smoke, it is important to carry out a diagnosis, which can be :

  • Clinical examination
  • Chest X-ray and/or blood tests
  • A bronchoscope examination of the lungs.

In the event of smoke poisoning, even if symptoms are mild, it’s best to consult a doctor. In fact, some symptoms only appear after a certain period of time. If an individual experiences even mild symptoms, it is important to make a diagnosis.


How to limit the risk of smoke inhalation?

Children, pregnant women and the elderly are most at risk from smoke inhalation. To avoid the risk of intoxication, it is necessary to take various actions to detect smoke:

  • Regularly check electrical equipment and installations
  • Sweep the chimney at least once a year
  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Install an Autonomous Smoke Detector (ASD).


There are many small tasks to be carried out to detect smoke and avoid the risk of fire. These will help limit accidents in your home. What’s more, installing a smoke detector will ensure the safety of your home. The product triggers an alarm in the event of smoke.