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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).

 
Signs and Symptoms of Cyanide Poisoning | CYANIDE INSIGHT
Symptoms of cyanide poisoning from fire smoke inhalation may occur rapidly. Early detection may help avoid the progression of more severe symptoms.

Symptoms of Cyanide Poisoning from Fire-Smoke

Onset of symptoms of Cyanide Poisoning via high concentration inhalation8

  • Convulsions
  • Cessation of Respiration
  • Cessation of Heartbeat

Cyanide poisoning from fire smoke inhalation may occur rapidly

Cyanide poisoning from fire smoke inhalation can occur rapidly. Within seconds of high levels of cyanide exposure, a person may experience convulsions. Within minutes, symptoms can progress to heart failure.8

Staying ahead of cyanide

In a fire smoke situation, it’s crucial that possible cyanide poisoning victims be evaluated at the scene even before these symptoms show.3 Based on clinical observations, cyanide poisoning is tough to diagnose, but it is important to detect signs such as soot in the mouth or nose and altered mental status in victims of closed-space fire smoke inhalation. This early detection may help avoid the progression of more severe symptoms.3

Did you
know?

In overall fire deaths,
smoke inhalation is
twice as likely to be the
cause compared with
burns. That number
quadruples in fires
in the home.9

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