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GASP Smoke Readers

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:20 pm


Smoke Readers

The Smoke Readers are volunteers who are trained and certified to recognize and understand visible emissions from smokestacks, what violations look like, and how to file reports. Smoke reading is an excellent way for citizens to take action in their own communities by reading the facilities that are of concern to them. Past readings by our volunteers have led to fines levied against polluters and even changes in the operation of facilities.

The training is provided free of charge by GASP (made possible by the Allegheny County Health Department) and takes place every six months. The next training is scheduled for April 10-12, 2012, and is conducted by Eastern Technical Associates.

Smoke Readers, be sure to use before you head out to a new spot, to check where the sun will be to ensure you are making valid readings.

Please contact for more information.

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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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