2010 March 9: WI Winnebago County: COMMENT: Fireplace burning is big source of particulates: Winnebago County Air Quality Advisory today
In Dec 09, MainStreetOshkosh included Air Quality in its annual awards, stating: "this is something the local municipality would be addressing, through the forestry dept, health dept, comm development, etc. The sustainability board would be a good source for action on this too. However, this topic is almost non-existent in communication circles or in city hall."
According to the DNR Air Advisory Notice:
"The watch is being issued because of the forecast for elevated levels of fine particles in the air. Fine particle pollution is composed of microscopic dust, soot, liquid droplets and smoke particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller. These fine particles come primarily from combustion sources, such as power plants, factories and other industrial sources, vehicle exhaust, and wood burning.
The Air Quality Index is forecast to reach the orange level, which is considered unhealthy for people in sensitive groups. People in those sensitive groups include those with heart or lung disease, asthma, older adults and children. When an air quality watch is issued, people in those groups are advised to reschedule or cut back on strenuous activities during the watch period.
People with lung diseases such as asthma and bronchitis and heart disease should pay attention to cardiac symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath or respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing and discomfort when taking a breath, and consult with their physician if they have concerns or are experiencing symptoms.
Fine particle pollution deposits itself deep into the lungs and cannot easily be exhaled. People who are at risk are particularly vulnerable after several days of high particle pollution exposure."
- *cough* *cough* hhhhhccchah. Excuse me.
- I noticed the air was nasty. Just thick, stinky like smoke and gasoline. It’s noticable to me – especially in the evening and morning while on my walks. Next step is smog warnings if cleaner energy/industry practices aren’t adopted – and soon.
- That is a big step. However, smaller things do add up. Promoting trees, bicycling, walkable community, less mowed lawns, and many others.
- Trees don’t do too much in the winter other than burn in peoples fireplaces which is a big source of the particulates. An alternative fuel, but used in the wrong way.