I work at Burger King and have done so for a while. We have at the restaurant this big machine that flame-grills frozen burger meat put into it.
Recently however, there were some inspectors visiting the restaurant, checking some things with the machine. In an attempt to fix something I presume, something happened which led smoke to come out and fill the entire restaurant. The smoke was dense and of gray color â it had a vicious smell of fat/oil and meat.
I was standing at the machine while this happened; I inevitably inhaled the smoke directly for app. 5 minutes.
I didnât have any acute symptoms afterwards, maybe a little breathlessness; a feeling that air didnât fill my lungs as effectively as usual. It is now a couple of days later and I guess Iâm fine, but now Iâm more concerned with the potential long-term effects of this inhalation of smoke.
Could this have caused any permanent (maybe long-term) damage to any of my organs?
That smoke from the grill probably contains mainly CO2, which is not a toxic gas. The other gases in the smoke (CO, NO2, SO2) are toxic... but inhaled in very small amounts canât cause any permanent damage to any of your organs.
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