Health Department warns of air pollution risks this winter

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lakewashingtonOLYMPIA The state Department of Health is reminding people about air pollution hazards this winter.

Health officials said smoke from wood fires can be a health hazard for people with heart and lung diseases like asthma. Children can also be affected, especially if they spend a lot of time outside. Wood smoke and other air pollutants can get trapped near the ground because of stagnant air during winter months.

The health department also warns against burning wrapping paper because it releases toxins and heavy metals like lead and cadmium into the air.

It’s also a good idea to check the air quality before participating in any outdoor activities. When air quality is poor, people should limit outdoor activities and reschedule them for a time when air quality is better.

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  • TomGillilan

    America has the largest natural gas supply in the world. Enough to last for a hundred years and more. Burning wood is inappropriate in any urban setting and wood smoke exposes ALL people to cancer causing chemicals and chronic exposure to wood smoke causes health problems in ALL people.

    There is far more evil lurking in wood smoke than just "particulate matter".

    ALL of the following toxic chemicals are in all wood smoke and enter your lungs and bloodstream with every breath you take. When you smell smoke, you are breathing the following toxic chemicals:

    Carbon Monoxide, Methane, Volatile Organic Compounds, Formaldehyde, Acrolein, Propionaldehyde, Butryaldehyde, Acetaldehyde, Furfural, Substituted Furans, Benzene, Alkyl Benzenes, Toluene, Acetic Acid, Formic Acid, Nitrogen Oxides, Sulfur Dioxide, Methyl Chloride, Napthalene, Substituted Napthalenes, Oxygenated Monoaromatics, Guaiacol, Phenol, Syringol, Catechol, PARTICULATE ORGANIC CARBON, Oxygenated Polycylic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Florene, Phenanthrene, Anthracene, Methyl Anthracenes, Fluoranthrene, Pyrene, Benzo(a)Anthracene, Chrysene, Benzofluoranthenes, Benzo(e)pyrene, Benzo(a)pyrene, Perylene, Ideno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, Benzo(ghi)perylene, Coronene.



    Wood smoke is the most toxic form of air pollution that the average resident is exposed to and no one has the unquestioned right to pump wood and charcoal smoke toxins into our breathing air.

    It is rather obvious that a bunch of misfits and morons are running the State Department of Public Heath.

    • Judith Thomson

      I am currently breathing unknown chemicals in my apartment. Sprague Pest Solutions treated bed bugs in my apartment building. Some tye of liquid chemical was used and left marks on a chair and
      couch. Both are ruined. The chair was thrown away, but I still have to use the couch. The coughing and sneezing has me worried. I am still recovering from medical problems. I need some help. There
      is a lack of concern at the Terrace Apartments – 609 Yesler Way Seattle 98104.

      Judith Thomson Apt. 603
      Thank You.

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