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Firepit misery

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:48 pm

Firepit misery

Sunday, December 26, 2010 05:00 AM

Following your excellent series on air pollution: No, that awful burnt wood stench all last summer was not from houses on fire. It was your neighbor's friendly backyard firepit!

Maybe I'm the proverbial canary in the coal mine: I "almost died" last summer with headaches, sore throats and plugged up ears from "recreational" wood burners. I had to stop doing my yard work and stop taking walks outside in the evenings. I had to block up my windows and stay cooped up inside running air-conditioning units. I was told by sympathetic emergency responders that "this is getting out of hand" but that they are powerless to help until an ordinance is enacted.

Allegheny County Health Department's outdoor burning regulations need serious updating to empower our local fire marshals to help us. The loophole that permits "recreational" or "ceremonial" fires never anticipated the proliferation of daily urban campfires. (Citronella candles, maybe?)

We finally got reasonable control of cigarette smoke in public places. Must we now be regularly assaulted at home by ground-level wood smoke? Help! When the evenings get nice I want to be able to open my windows and come outside, too -- without immediately feeling miserable! The threat of disease from major industrial pollution around here is serious and depressing enough!

CAROL A. WIVELL
Bellevue

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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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