Beachgoers everywhere enjoy sitting by a beach fire pit. However, most people don’t realize that the smoke from one beach fire pit can generate the same amount of pollution as a heavy-duty diesel truck traveling 564 miles. That’s a lot of pollution. It is because of this that city officials in Orange County, California are undecided on whether or not beach fire pits should be banned.
Wood smoke contains toxic, cancer causing chemicals as well as common combustion pollutants like nitrogen oxide. Wood smoke is a source of carcinogenic toxic pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons. Health studies performed during wildfires have shown that wood smoke can cause severe respiratory irritation as well as an increase in hospital admissions for respiratory problems.
Levels of dangerous particulates in the air vary widely based on a variety of factors such as weather conditions, level of fire activity and the actual location of the fire pit. For example, parking lots near beach fire pits can contain up to ten times more fine particulate pollution than surrounding areas and nearby residential areas can contain up to three times as much as background levels.
For many beachgoers beach fire pits are synonymous with summer. The bonfires are seen as a treasured slice of California’s coastal culture. On an economic level, beach fire pits provide beach cities with critically needed revenue. In fact a fire pit ban could cost coastal cities close to one million dollars a year in parking revenue as well as countless losses to local businesses and hotels. While some argue that fire pits should be banned altogether, many others agree that other solutions need to be made available to the general public. One such solution could be to ban the burning of wood.
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