Leaf Burning In Delaware County, PA
Tips To Staying Safe And Reduce The Risk Of Fires
Leaf burning is a cherished tradition in many parts of Delaware County. The sights and smells of these bonfires can be as much a sign of Fall as pumpkins and football. However, it’s important to remember that burning leaves in your back yard or a field may be banned and can quickly lead to a dangerous situation, spreading to surrounding bushes and trees and even your home.
Use Caution When Burning Leaves
Clear leaves away from the home and other buildings. Burn leaves only when permitted and in accordance with local laws and guidelines. Use extreme caution to ensure safety and control of the fire.
Prepare Your Home
Select building materials and plants that resist fire. Regularly clean your roof and gutters to remove flammable debris. Identify and maintain an adequate water source outside your home.
Gather Firefighting Tools
Set aside household items that can be used as firefighting tools: rake, ax, bucket, shovel, etc.
You may need to fight a fire before emergency responders arrive.
Burning Leaves May Spark Health Problems
Because of the moisture that is usually trapped within leaves, they tend to burn slowly and thus generate large amounts of airborne particulates—fine bits of dust, soot and other solid materials. These particulates can reach deep into lung tissue and cause coughing, wheezing, chest pain, shortness of breath and sometimes long-term respiratory problems.
Leaf smoke may also contain hazardous chemicals such as carbon monoxide, which can bind with hemoglobin in the bloodstream and reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood and lungs. Another noxious chemical commonly present in leaf smoke is benzo(a)pyrene, which has been shown to cause cancer in animals and is believed to be a major factor in lung cancer caused by cigarette smoke. And while breathing in leaf smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat of healthy adults, it can really wreak havoc on small children, the elderly and people with asthma or other lung or heart diseases.
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