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In the United States, expert advice from a regional poison control center may be obtained by calling 1-800-222-1222. If cyanide poisoning is suspected, emergency medical personnel should be contacted immediately (dial 911).

 
Frequency and Risk of Cyanide Poisoning | CYANIDE INSIGHT
Cyanide poisoning from fire smoke inhalation is associated with residential deaths. Knowing the potential presence of hydrogen cyanide may help prevent exposure

Smoke Inhalation By the Numbers

Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) poisoning was present in many residential fire related deaths

In 2013, 2755 DEATHS OCCURRED IN HOME STRUCTURES.10

The inherent risk in fire smoke

In 2013, first responders fought nearly 1,240,000 fires nationally, most of which were residential. In these fires, there were an estimated 3240 civilian deaths. Of those deaths, 2755 occurred in home structures, leading to more than 7.5 deaths per day.10

The potential presence of HCN causing some of these deaths has raised concerns among industry experts. In fact, an analysis of fire-emergency studies spanning almost 2 decades revealed high levels of cyanide in the blood of approximately 33% to 87% of victims that resulted in death.11

In 2013, 2755 DEATHS OCCURRED
IN HOME STRUCTURES.10

Did you know?

Cyanide can be found in gas, liquid,
and solid forms. Since it is easy to
obtain, it has the potential to be used
as a chemical weapon.2,4

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