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Acute respiratory effects of a fire involving silicone rubber

  • T. J. Smith
  • A. W. Musk
  • A. Gold
  • P. Roto
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Summary

Acute pulmonary irritation was found in five firefighters who inhaled combustion products from silicone rubber. Pulmonary function measured by spirometry was depressed, a variety of respiratory symtoms were reported, and two firefighters had persistent shortness of breath and rales at the lung bases posteriorly. Environmental measurements and comparisons with observations from other fires strongly suggest that these effects were caused by silicone rubber combustion products alone or in combustion with other fire products.

Key words

Firefighters Respiratory function Silicone rubber 

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© Springer-Verlag 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. J. Smith
    • 1
  • A. W. Musk
    • 1
  • A. Gold
    • 1
  • P. Roto
    • 1
  1. 1.Occupational Health ProgramHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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