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Wood Smoke Can Be Toxic in an Enclosed Environment

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:42 pm

Wood Smoke Can Be Toxic in an Enclosed Environment
On December 4, 2012 by Jessica Brylan

While burning a roaring fire in the fireplace is synonymous with chilly weather, you may need to think twice if you have infants, elderly people, or chronically ill individuals living in your home.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization, premature deaths worldwide caused by wood smoke inhalation add up to 2.7 to 3 million; respiratory illness is the biggest killer of infants. The American Lung Association also confirms that newborns, children, the elderly, and adults who exercise intensely or have lung or heart disease are at a high risk for premature death caused by particle pollution exposure from indoor wood smoke.

How Wood Smoke Affects Your Health

Although the statistics above are shocking, to say the least, many homeowners make the mistake of neglecting to consider that indoor wood smoke is a form of air pollution. Sure, the smell of wood burning in a fireplace is rustic and relaxing, providing comfort in colder weather. Yet wood smoke remains a top source of air pollution produced by home wood-burning devices, like fireplaces and wood stoves.

The Department of Ecology for the State of Washington goes so far as to say that wood smoke can cause a number of health issues, including:

Higher risk of asthma/lung disease
Heart attacks
Strokes
Cancer

Wood smoke is full of tiny particles that can cause structural changes to the lungs. This is especially harmful to young children and the elderly because it can reduce lung function and make them more susceptible to infection. Over the long term, wood smoke particles could also cause cancer.

As stated above, infants and young children are in the highest risk category for health effects caused by indoor wood pollution. Wood smoke particles will interfere with healthy lung function and development and can greatly increase the risk of respiratory tract infections, which can cause childhood illness and premature death.

How to Protect Your Family from Indoor Wood Smoke Pollution

Even though burning an indoor fire may be quaint, it’s recommended to replace heat from wood burning with cleaner alternatives, like electric heat or an electric fireplace. It’s also important that a home is weatherized for colder seasons so that it will operate efficiently to retain heat from whatever heating source is used.

If you do plan to burn a fire in your home this year, make sure to replace older wood stoves and fireplaces with new certified models that burn clean with less harmful emissions.

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https://ventlessgelfuelfireplace.com/up ... vironment/

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Yolo air quality officials call for no-burn night Tuesday
Created: 12/04/2012 09:02:19 AM PST

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District has called a Don't Light Tonight advisory for Tuesday due to forecasted higher pollution levels. The Yolo-Solano AQMD asks that residents do not burn wood in their fireplaces or woodstoves on Tuesday.

Wood smoke contributes to fine particulate pollution. Certain weather conditions, such as those expected to be present in the Yolo-Solano area on Tuesday, keep smoke in neighborhoods and elevate pollution concentrations. Children, the elderly and those with lung ailments are especially susceptible to the health impacts of wood smoke.

On days in which particulate pollution levels are forecast to be higher, Yolo-Solano AQMD asks residents to refrain from burning wood. Participation in the Don't Light Tonight program is encouraged but voluntary. Residents can sign up for e-mail or text message Don't Light Tonight alerts at http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.info.

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http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_22 ... burn-night
• 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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