Firepit smoke just as noxious

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Firepit smoke just as noxious

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:36 pm

Firepit smoke just as noxious

Re: “Air quality will fluctuate and may hit dangerous levels again,” Aug. 26.

Warnings have been issued for people to protect themselves, to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed. The fire department has issued a ban on firepits, campfires and other wood-burning devices to minimize additional smoke adding to the poor air quality.

This statement admits firepits reduce air quality, so why are they allowed in the city? Smoke is smoke!

I have to keep my windows and doors closed when firepits are burning in my neighbourhood, which is so unfair on a hot day. There is no way to control where the firepits’ smoke will travel. Burning barrels used to be allowed in Calgary until they were banned, as they caused air pollution.

Firepits should be banned in the city and designated locations for them should be outside the city, where people can enjoy them. That way, I can enjoy my home, firepits can be enjoyed by those who want to use them, and Calgary’s beautiful, clean air can be kept free of pollution.

Sue Timmins, Calgary
source ... day-aug-28
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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