Open-air burning violates other property owners' rights

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Open-air burning violates other property owners' rights

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:57 pm

Open-air burning violates other property owners' rights
By Robin Wilson

My neighbours frequently use their outdoor fire pit. Even though I live several doors down from them, I cannot have my windows open when they have a fire going, because all of the errant smoke fills up my house.

There is absolutely nothing I can do about this, and it is not fair that my right to use and enjoy my property on a summer day is being infringed upon by someone else’s right to have a fire pit.

The permits issued by Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services do not take the errant smoke into account. I do not feel comfortable calling the Fire Services every time my neighbours have a fire, because there could be a real emergency somewhere else in town where the firefighters are really needed.

I am all for individual rights, but this matter of open-air burning doesn't just affect the person who lights the fire; it also affects everyone else around him, because there is just no way for anyone to control the errant smoke.

Even with my doors and windows sealed shut, my eyes still burn, and I still have to breathe in the dangerous fumes.

The toxic components of wood smoke are similar to tobacco smoke and can cause lung cancer. We have stringent laws in our city and province against second-hand cigarette smoke (something that similarly affects both the smoker and those around him), so why not against second-hand fire-pit smoke?

Perhaps those of us in favour of an open-air burning ban should rise up and refuse to pay property taxes on a per diem, pro-rated basis for every day that wood smoke interferes with our enjoyment of our property outdoors and inside.

Robin Wilson,

Riverside Drive

source ... n%20Wilson
• 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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