Friday, October 24, 2008

Stop Burning Leaves!

Although you might think that it is easier than raking them and bagging them up, burning leaves may be hazardous to your health, not to mention that the smoke does pollute the air.
When you burn leaves they usually burn slowly because of the moisture that can be trapped in them. This can cause airborne particulates, such as dust, soot, and other solid materials, which can cause coughing, wheezing , chest pain, shortness of breath and sometimes respiratory problems.
Leaf smoke may contain carbon monoxide and benzo(a)pyrene. It can also irritate the eyes, nose and throat of adults and affect people that have asthma.
There are some alternatives to burning leaves, you can always rake them and bag them up. I know this is a major chore, but it is a lot healthier than burning them and many towns offer curbside pickup for leaves and other yard waste. So all you would have to do is set the bags in the street by the curb or simply rake them to the street, just make sure they aren't too far into the street because that could be an accident waiting to happen.
Leaves also make good compost and you can shred your leaves to use as mulch to help your lawn or protect garden and landscape plants.
So please, the next time you think about burning your leaves not only think of your health, but the health of the people around you.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Make sure to rake your leaves in the fall. Otherwise they go down the storm drains and cause major back up and flooding. If you have a green waste bin make sure they get in there and don't end up in the street and gutters. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and get out there and rake em up!