In many B.C. communities, exposure to wood smoke may be causing substantial illness, according to a 1993 report released by the Provincial Health Officer. Chemicals and tiny particles ("fine particulates") in wood smoke can make people quite sick, and even cause death. The list ofillnesses runs from coughing or a runny nose, to asthma, and the aggravation of lung and heart problems. Smoke causes other problems. It can blot out the landscape so effectively that road and air travel are dangerously affected, and beautiful views are hidden. Smoke is also a sign that we aren't using our resources wisely: much of the material sent up in smoke could instead be turned into a valuable product, such as compost, manufactured products or wood chips.
BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection. 2002. Guide to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
Keywords: Open Burning, Smoke Control Regulation
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