Letter, 5/2: Complacent about fire

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Letter, 5/2: Complacent about fire

Postby Wilberforce » Mon May 02, 2011 9:46 pm


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Letter, 5/2: Complacent about fire

Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011 11:55 pm | No Comments Posted

Karen Fillman's letter about prescribed burns ("Prescribed burns hurt," April 21) reminded me that last March there was one northeast of Lincoln. The wind shifted suddenly, blowing smoke into downtown Lincoln, and evidently there were multiple complaints.

In 1988, in Oregon, smoke from a burning field caused a multiple-car accident in which seven people died and 38 were injured. I think people get complacent about fire and forget how dangerous it is.

Smoke inhalation is no picnic, either. I know. In February, I visited the emergency room because of excessive wood smoke from a neighbor.

Katherine Troidl, Lincoln

http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/mai ... b7245.html
• 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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