HPS Briefing Note on Products of Combustion: Toxins in Fire Smoke

Publication Date: 13 July 2015

The principal products of efficient combustion of organic material are water vapour and carbon dioxide. However, toxic and noxious chemicals may be produced during incomplete or inefficient combustion. In general, the less efficient the combustion, the more toxins are produced.

This guidance lists the substances of concern, exposure symptoms and possible long term effects.

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Health Protection Scotland
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Guideline and Guidance