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Health Impacts of Wood Smoke

Posted on December 09, 2013
by Susana Escamilla


Happy Monday! Today in our twitter feed, Spare the Air alerts the Bay area for the 6th time a “Winter Spare the Air Alert.” I wanted to research more about this issue. I heard a podcast from spare the air website. The podcast featured Jane Warner, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California. The podcast was about the health impacts of wood smoke. Warner says that breathing in air smoke means that you are breathing particulate matter. This particulate matter will travel into the lungs and stay in the lung tissue which will cause havoc. This process will affect the lungs and be susceptible to:

  • Respiratory Illness
  • Infections
  • Viral Bacteria
  • Asthma

She recommends using a gas log set because burning wood will not only effect you but effect a community as a whole. Another topic she mentioned is that one of the top reasons that people go into the emergency room is because of respiratory problems. She quotes, “When you can’t breathe nothing else matters.” This in my opinion is true. We might have had an experience where we might be choking or out of breathe and we understand how important the lungs are to our body. It was an interesting podcast because the indoor air quality is so important during the winter when everything is sealed in our home. If you would like to learn more about Spare the Air, you may read more about it here and to learn how to make your personal indoor air quality better, AirTek has several indoor air solutions for you.



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