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Postby Wilberforce » Sun May 21, 2017 12:59 pm

Air district’s ‘Don’t Light Tonight’ advisories drop, wood smoke still an issue

By Digital First News Group

Posted: 05/15/17, 9:29 AM PDT | Updated: 5 days ago

Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District’s yearly program “Don’t Light Tonight” ran from November 2016 through February 2017 with 11 advisories asking residents to refrain from burning wood on days when moderate to high Air Quality Index levels were observed.

Compared to the 2015-2016 winter season which had 20 advisories, an unusually wet winter this past year allowed pollutants to be more easily dispersed into the atmosphere and resulted in clean air quality on many days.

Though this past season had fewer advisories, particle pollution from wood smoke is still an issue and especially harmful to a number of people, including young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses, such as COPD or asthma.

One of many pollutants in wood smoke is PM2.5, it is very harmful to human health because of its smaller size, about 30 times thinner than a strand of hair, it can easily bypass the human body’s natural defenses and travel to the lungs causing short term health effects like coughing and sneezing, and worsen existing conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

To help educate and inform residents about the harmful effects of wood smoke during the winter, YSAQMD provides “Don’t Light Tonight” alerts, resources and information on how everyone can reduce their emissions and improve the air quality in their neighborhood and community.

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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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