Last week we asked whether mandatory spare the air alerts are worthwhile.
Here are some comments from our website:
This is nothing but more government control of our lives. Next, the government will tell us when we can use our heaters.
Many people have breathing and heart problems. The tiny particles in smoke go into the heart and lungs.
If they were really worried about air quality, they would provide incentives such as PG&E discounts or fireplace exchange programs. Also, they would promote the use of clean burning fireplaces that meet or exceeds EPA standards. Instead all they worry about is their big salaries and how to make them bigger.
This is a public health issue. Particulate matter from fireplaces, unless they are newer low-pollution models, is a problem. Solano has the worst rate of asthma in the region, bad air from our upwind neighbors contributes to the problem. Air quality regulation is one of he best examples of government at work. Do policies that restrict fireplace use have a negative impact on folks who use their fireplaces for heat? Yes. Is improving the quality of air that we all breathe more important? I for one say Yes. Public health trumps individual choice.