Burning leaves could be bad for your health


Burning leaves generates large quantities of carbon monoxide, particulates, and at least seven proven cancer-causing substances. (Photo submitted)

A certain crispness in the air and the dry sounds of rustling leaves are common indicators that autumn has arrived. Another tell-tale sign of the changing season is the smell of burning leaves.
Open leaf burning is a common practice in Maple Lake and allowed within city limits from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, but is it healthy?
According to the American Journal of Public Health, burning leaves generates large quantities of carbon monoxide, particulates, and at least seven proven cancer-causing substances. The smoke can also severely increase breathing problems in people who suffer from asthma.
“For one month, from morning to night the town is nothing but a haze,” said Maple Lake City Council Member Deb Geyen who asks residents to be considerate of their neighbors this fall when burning leaves, or to even “think twice about burning at all.”
According to the American Lung Association, those most vulnerable to smoke from burning leaves are children under age 10, people over age 65, pregnant women, people with asthma, people with chronic respiratory diseases, smokers, people with heart disease, and people with allergies.

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