Fires represent a real health risk, they release various substance and pollutants to harmful that are found in smoke and in soot deposits. Some good gestures are to be adopted to protect yourself. 

The nature of the smoke emitted during a fire varies depending on the fuel, its density, the humidity … thus a forest fire does not have the same impact on health than a fire that arises from a SEVESO factory of chemical products or from a structure containing lead. Very different fuels produces pollution whose long term toxicity and impacts on health are various.

Forest fires first present respiratory risks due to fine particules  generated. So stay at home and avoid doing physical efforts. 

Meersens health point 

Fires emit various harmful substances and risky for health that are found in the smoke and then in soot deposit. At Rouen the pollution problem comes especially from hydrocarbons, indeed there hasn’t been any exceeding of the annual guide values (20b/m3) of fine particles 10nm nor other  pollutants normally measured (NO2, O3, PM2.5) and about the volatile organic compounds, only the benzene has been detected 6 times in the air above the threshold defined by ANSES of 30ng/m3. The benzene is a proven human carcinogen based on leukemia.

Hydrocarbons, which were fuels of this fire, are a family of compounds some of which are classified proven, probable and possible carcinogens.

Despite the lack of information on the risks encountered for our health, It is possible thanks to Meersens application to launch alerts at a precise place and to associate a photo as well as the symptoms felt and the cause of this feeling. Therefore, by acting as a proactive citizen, it Is possible to forward useful information for the community. It may also be possible to forward areas to avoid via the causal inference and to characterize the people that are more at risk according to their personal profil. 

Like Jessica, Betty and other close inhabitants of Rouen, act by alerting !

Go to Meersens application to find out the alerts and to act.

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