Has anyone else in this online community had a problem with wood smoke from fire pits in your neighborhood? Besides staying inside all the time, what was your solution, if any?
I used to really love sitting around a fire, but in my older years I have developed chronic asthma & allergies, and wood smoke really irritates my throat and lungs. The particulate gets in my lungs, the result is a scratchy throat and a cough that lasts for days, in addition to aggravated asthma.Unfortunately, it seems that every other backyard in our town has a fire pit now.
The smoke from these fire pits can't be making my breathing issues any better. (I have never smoked by the way, but grew up at a time when everyone else seemed to be smoking, everywhere, all the time!)
Am I right to believe that burning wood (and leaves) is especially irritating for allergy-related asthma? (I have a sensitivity to leafing trees, too)
Remember when folks used to burn leaves in the fall? In NJ, that was regulated because it was polluting the air.
Maybe there should be some regulation of fire pits in cities and towns, too ….it's basically air pollution, especially when people burn the wrong kind of wood, or chemically treated, or wet wood.
I know they're fun to have, but ….help!
For one neighbor with a fire pit, I broached the subject and the woman of the house was quite dismissive saying, "oh, maybe your asthma will get better."
(No it won't get better, that's what CHRONIC means, is what I wanted to say! (And she says she's a nurse!! You'd think a nurse would know about asthma.)
thanks for reading this.