Historically, human beings have found open burning to be the most convenient method for disposing of debris from gardening, agriculture, land development and numerous other activities. Burning debris, however, generates smoke which contains tiny particles called fine particulates. These fine particulates are not fine for people because they can remain in the air for days and penetrate deep into our lungs. A number of organiccarbon compounds potentially harmful to human health have been found in smoke from combustion processes. Backyard burning usually occurs during poor dispersion conditions at, or close to, ground level in populated areas ? resulting in high concentrations of fine particulates in residential areas. The problem becomes even more serious when backyard burning is used to dispose of garbage or burn prohibited materials such as demolition waste, painted wood, and manufactured wood products. The effects of fine particulates vary, from irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract to more serious d
BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks. 1997. Model Municipal Bylaw for Regulating Backyard Burning. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks
Keywords: municipal bylaw, regulating, backyard burning
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