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Keep the Fireplace Cool for Santa - and Spare the Air

Not to be a buzzkill, but wood smoke contains pollutants such as soot and carbon monoxide and dioxin, and can cause breathing difficulties for many people - like Santa.

By Bay City News Service

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking Bay Area residents to skip the fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve to keep air quality healthy on Christmas Day.

Burning wood is not illegal on Christmas Eve, but officials are asking residents to observe a voluntary ban.

"The break in the blustery weather will cause smoke pollution to build on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning," said Jack Broadbent, the district's executive officer. "We are asking the public to voluntarily not burn on Christmas Eve to help reduce pollution levels and avoid the need to call a Winter Spare the Air Alert on Christmas Day."

The holidays are typically periods of high wood smoke pollution because so many people light a fire for Christmas, according to the district. Wood smoke contains pollutants such as soot and carbon monoxide and dioxin, and can cause breathing difficulties for many people.

The public should check before they burn throughout the winter Spare the Air season, from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28th. Check online at www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org.

MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I am not sure what goes in the fevered liberal minds. At the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. But I will keep the fire thanks. My friend from south of the border, Was out doing his part.He was blowing the next door neighbours yard and driveway at 7am
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I will only honor spare the air days if restaurants shut down their wood-fired ovens and grills and diesel passenger vehicles are not allowed to operate on those days. Other than that, it's a traditional Christmas fire. Happy Holidays!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Steve you forgot the winery and farm "Ag burns".
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
It does say "voluntary" folks. You can burn you logs all you want, I have an extra inhaler. ;)
bucket December 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Um, let's face it...Everyone does something that annoys another and effects our air. The five most common reasons for air pollution in order are: 1) Burning fuels from power plants. 2) Modes of Transportation. 3) Large life stock farms. 4) Spraying Pesticides. 5) Natural-Forest Fires and volcanic events, So while firing off (excuse the pun), please remember if you use your heater etc, drive a car, eat animal, eat fruits or vegetables; your use and consumption touches others, Sorry...but again, we can't just pick out one problem and attack. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks...
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Ya it is called life
Wire December 26, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Anyone living north of the Windsor's Village Green can burn as much wood you need to on any no burn day. Please prove me wrong! Sonoma County.
Keri Brenner (Editor) December 26, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Thanks Wire...I do believe that you are correct in that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District boundary only goes as far north as Arata Lane in Windsor. Healdsburg Patch has done several stories on this issue. We rarely hear anything from our local North Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, based in Healdsburg,.. http://patch.com/L-fPT1 ... whether this is a good thing or not remains to be seen.
Wire December 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM
It' the same thing with the cars we drive, as I had a smog license for over twenty five plus years, one of the first in this County and what a scam. The state is just getting better at it. Anyone that bought a new car paid me better than blue book value for my 400,000 plus miles, 1975 3/4 ton GMC truck to get it scrapped taken off the road. I had to get it smog first as it didn't need one because of age. To scrap it, it needed that smog.

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