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Resolve to breathe easier this year

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:47 pm

Resolve to breathe easier this year
January 1, 2015 12:00 AM

As we begin 2015, many of our friends and family will begin new diets and join gyms in order to create a healthier lifestyle. What about a New Year’s resolution to breathe easier? The Allegheny County Health Department announced that the new open burning regulations will be in effect starting Jan. 1. There is no better time than now to pledge a “no burn” resolution for outdoor burning this year.

The health risk factors of wood smoke compare to those of secondhand tobacco smoke. Wood smoke contains pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, formaldehyde, benzene and fine particulate matter. Everyone is adversely impacted by wood smoke, but the elderly and kids with developing lungs are the most vulnerable.

Not only you, but your neighbors also can be affected by the harmful, microscopic travelling particles in the smoke. A recent report by Environment and Human Health Inc. showed that homes nearly three football fields away (850 feet) from wood burning had six times the level of particulates as control homes. No fences can keep wood pollution from traveling into your neighbors’ homes.

While the regulations on open burning in Allegheny County place restrictions on how you can burn wood, they do not go far enough to protect public health. Only a “no burn” policy guarantees the highest level of protection for community members.

The scientific evidence continues to grow about the dangers of wood smoke pollution. This year, try a simple step toward good lung and heart health and adopt a “no burn” policy for you, your friends and family. It may be the easiest New Year’s resolution you can make and keep.

MOLLIE SIMON
Southwest OutreachCoordinator, Clean Air Council
Philadelphia

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http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/let ... 1501010106
• 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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