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Postby Wilberforce » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:21 pm

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Wood-Burning Safety Precautions for Pregnant Women
On December 6, 2012 by Jessica Brylan

For most women, pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation as you wait for your little bundle of joy to make their entrance into the world. But on the other side of the coin, pregnant women have to pay attention to a number of precautions and guidelines of what they can and can’t eat and activities that they must avoid to protect their unborn baby.

As the weather gets colder, you may be asking yourself if it’s safe to light a fire in the fireplace while pregnant. To best answer the question of indoor fire safety for pregnant women, it helps to understand exactly what is in wood smoke.

Wood Smoke: A Top Source of Air Pollution in the US

Many homeowners are unaware that wood smoke is considered to be a major contributor to air pollution throughout the US. When organic matter like wood and other debris combusts in a fireplace, it can emit a number of harmful substances, like particulates, carbon monoxide, toxins, carcinogens, and respiratory irritants.

As a result, the people that are most at risk are infants, children, pregnant women, and the elderly, as well as those prone to allergies and heart and lung disease. When a fire is burned indoors, wood smoke will be released that contains small particles of soot, ash, and creosote. These particles can remain in the air, affecting the environment for up to three weeks at a time.

The main risk occurs since many wood smoke particles are too small to be filtered by the nose or lungs. This means that the small particles are able to deeply penetrate the delicate lung tissue to quickly transport viruses, bacteria, and other toxins directly into the respiratory system and bloodstream.

Can Pregnant Women Enjoy an Indoor Fire?

To shed light on the issue, researchers at UC Berkeley discovered that pregnant women who were exposed to wildfire smoke in Southern California in 2003 gave birth to babies with significantly lower birth weights. The study confirmed that women who were pregnant throughout the wildfires had noticeably smaller babies due to environmental wood smoke exposure.

Although breathing wood smoke intermittently isn’t likely to cause serious damage to a fetus, some health experts believe that smoke exposure could aggravate other issues that may occur during pregnancy.

In most cases, it’s best for pregnant women to steer clear of regular exposure to indoor wood-burning fires. As a cleaner alternative, it’s recommended to use another fire source, like an aesthetically pleasing ethanol fireplace that burns clean without harmful emissions.

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• 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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