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12 The Julian News EARTH TALK00o Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: Now that summer is coming, my neighbors will be firing up their backyard fire pits again, and I'm wondering if the wood smoke drifting in my open windows is a health hazard for my family and if I have any standing to require them to refrain? -- Mitch Brasky, Reno, NV With summer approaching, many of us are eagerly anticipating the first night we can gather with loved ones under the stars around our backyard fire pits. But neighbors might have not-so-warm feelings about wood smoke entering their yards and homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wood smoke is a complex mixture of gases and microscopic particles, and when these microscopic particles get into your eyes and respiratory system, they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and bronchitis. As part of its "Burn Wise" program, EPA warns that people who have heart or lung disease, such as congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema or asthma, should especially limit their exposures to wood smoke. If you're concerned about smoke emitting from a neighbor's fire pit, speak to your neighbor about the matter. If the smoke remains an issue, contact your local health or fire department to determine further action. If you're in the market to buy a fire pit and would like to avoid having smoke drift into your neighbor's yard or home, some models are specially designed to reduce smoke output. The American-made Backyard Firefly fire pit, for example, utilizes a vertical design that causes the smoke to be combusted in the fire and the remainder to rise vertically, reducing air pollution by over 50 percent from conventional campfires. There are also a multitude of beautifully designed natural gas fire pits currently available. Natural gas fire pits won't produce smoke, will instantly light and won't have to be cleaned like wood-burning fire pits that accumulate ash and soot residue. If you already own a wood- burning backyard fire pit, you can replace conventional wood with certain varieties of Duraflame Logs. Duraflame Stax logs are shaped like split wood and burn with the same charred appearance and crackling sounds of a wood fire, but with half the hazardous air pollutants of an equivalent wood fire. Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs create hot coals safe for roasting marshmallows, hot dogs or cooking other campfire foods and produce 60 percent less particulate emissions than an equivalent wood fire. No trees are cut down to produce these logs and they are made of 100 percent renewable resources. For those who own a wood- burning fire pit and would like to continue using conventional chopped wood, the EPA Burn Wise program advises to use only properly dried wood, because wet wood can create excessive smoke. To allow wood to properly dry, stack wood away from buildings on rails in a single row with the split side down. Cracked ends on the wood typically means its dry enough to burn, or you can purchase a moisture meter to test the moisture level in the wood. "Moisture meters that allow you to test the moisture level in wood are available in all sizes and can cost as little as $20," the EPA states. "Properly dried wood should have a reading of 20 percent or less. Dry wood creates a hotter fire. Hotter fires save wood - ultimately saving you time and money." CONTACTS: EPA Bum Wise, epa.gov/bumwise/; Backyard Firefly, www.backyardfirefly.com; Duraflame Roasting Logs, www. duraflame, com/products/roasting- logs. Earth Talk is produced by Doug Moss & Ruddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@ emagazine.com. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly screening for people at high risk for lung cancer An independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, it evaluates and identifies critical preventive health services that primary care professionals can perform. Learn more at www. uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. Exposure to wood smoke can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and bronchitis -- and can aggravate pre-existing heart and respiratory conditions. photo credit: Nautical9, FlickrCC JUL IMPORTANT NOTICE California Business and Prolessions Code Section 7027. et sec, requires lhat any advertisement by a licensed contractor incMe the contractors license number, Section 702/;2 says that unlicensed persons whose work ualifies under the minor work exemptiunl tess thag $300 including materiat and labor, may advertise, provided that he or she state in the advertisement that they are not licensed. The California Contractors State License 8oerd publishes a free booklet, "What You Should Know Before You Hire A Contractor," For free inlormalion call: 1-800-32I-CSLB(2521. Lic: #995342 Grading Paving T Seal Coating Sign Installation Striping Thermoplastic Culverts & Drains Wheel Stop & Road Markers www.julianasphalt.com (619)201-2361 mrsimser@gmail.com Religion In The News Hugh Jackman To Star As The Apostle Paul In High-Profile Christian Film The Wolverine star, Hugh Jackman, is taking on a biblical role in a new epic produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. He will play the apostle Paul in a new film setto be the most high-profile Hollywood Christian production since Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, according to the Guardian. The Apostle Paul follows recent faith-based films such as Do You Believe, Son of God and Heaven is for Real into cinemas. However, with Jackman in the lead as the follower of Jesus who was converted on the road to Damascus, not to mention Matt Damon and Ben Affleck taking producer roles, the project looks likely to a box office hit. Source: The Guardian, summarized by Pastor Rick Ask Pastor Rick Is Easter Sunday Biblical? There is a lot of confusion regarding what Easter Sunday is all about. For some, Easter Sunday is about the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. Most people understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection is related to the Easter eggs and the Easter bunny. Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection April 8, 2015 between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to Easter Sunday. But by all means, celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday, but not just on Easter Sunday -- celebrate Christ's resurrection every day[ The resurrection is the Christian's hope of eternal life in heaven. Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Church on 3rd and C Streets in Julian, CA. Direct all questions and correspondence to: PastorRick@ julianchurch.org or Hillside Church, Religion In The News, Box 973, Julian, CA, 92036. 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