Smoke grant clears the air

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Smoke grant clears the air

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:18 pm

Smoke grant clears the air
March 4, 2014 | Filed under2014,Strathfield | Posted by Mitchell

Strathfield Council will receive a grant of $40,000 under the NSW Government Wood Smoke Reduction Program.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the NSW Government is concerned about wood smoke because of its potential adverse impacts on health, particularly for elderly people, children and those with existing health conditions, such as asthma.

“Wood smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces is a significant contributor to air pollution particularly during the winter months,” Ms Parker said.

This is the first year Strathfield Council had taken part in the Wood Smoke Reduction Program.

Mayor of Strathfield Councillor Daniel Bott said the EPA has given Council the opportunity to investigate an issue that has previously not been communicated.

“Air pollution from wood smoke can be difficult to investigate but this grant provides significant assistance to improving the air pollution in Strathfield,” Cr Bott said.

“Through this program, Council will aim to decrease any air pollution complaints received as well as ensuring that the owners of wood heaters are aware of how to maintain and operate them in accordance with best practices to minimise smoke nuisance.”

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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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