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  1. Louise Meyer
    April 7, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    Eliminate smoke entirely by SOLAR COOKING in your back-yard or complement your grill by solar cooking a portion of your meal using an appropriate SOLAR OVEN.

    Louise

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  2. CaresAboutHealth
    July 8, 2015 @ 12:58 am

    The best option is to be considerate. There is no safe level of smoke exposure. Even if you already own a log-burning fire-pit, buy a new natural gas one – there are many beautiful and contemporary designs. Some use fire-glass for an ultra-modern look.

    Our health is precious. Don’t risk it by unnecessary exposure to the harmful toxins in woodsmoke.

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  3. brian moench
    July 8, 2015 @ 1:52 am

    If you really can’t live without a backyard fire pit, you can have it plumbed for natural gas, which looks like a wood fire every bit as much as an indoor gas log does. Better yet, get over the allure of returning to your caveman roots altogether.

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  4. John
    October 25, 2015 @ 3:26 am

    Firepits should be outlawed. They can kill someone with asthma. People have no idea how bad it can be. Even without asthma they can give you a headache and make eyes puffy. Closing windows and doors doesn’t always help. Remember – smoke is used to find leaks.

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  5. Ann
    February 20, 2016 @ 6:23 pm

    Fire pits should be outlawed, especially, in a neighborhood where people live. They need to be in the woods or at a camping site. It is very selfish not to consider others, when we are trying to sleep at night. Most people rest during that time.

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  6. Dean
    April 3, 2016 @ 7:22 am

    Agree with you, John. We have our bedroom window closed on a beautiful night here in the Puget Sound region, even though we would love some fresh air. We live on suburban lots, less than a quarter acre, and it is just plain nuts that wood burning pits are allowed in backyards here. It is past 11 pm, and if we had gone to bed early our bedroom would have been full of smoke by now. An exposure like that can trigger a fatal asthma attack, or a heart attack. Fortunately we noticed the smoke as soon as we tried cracking the window.
    Our neighbors could care less about anyone but themselves. They know the smoke is a health problem and a nuisance for us. They know it is illegal to burn yard waste, paper, treated and painted wood in their ‘recreational’ firepit. Their tenants’ baby has respiratory problems, and they don’t put two and two together about why that might be so. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has refused to send out educational material – they want you to make a formal complaint before they will do anything. The fire department is supposed to police outdoor fires and tell people to put them out if they are causing a nuisance, but since they are supported with voter-approved levies, they seem hesitant to enforce the rules on their own website.
    Expecting people to self regulate or expecting already too busy fire and police departments to regulate this is a sickening joke on everyone but the big box stores selling the pits and the jerks with no concern about invading their neighbors lungs and sinuses with acrid, irritating, noxious smoke.

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  7. ben lucero
    May 9, 2016 @ 2:50 am

    Our neighbors have been talked to about our concerns not being able to open our windows at basically any time of day.they burn at anytime of the day and year. Is their any suggestions out there we have though about getting a giant fan to go up by the side of our fence that would point down into their yard.

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    • Disne
      August 27, 2016 @ 3:55 am

      I am all for outlawing the fire pits in back yards. Also in the puget sound. It’s 72 degrees at 830pm and need to sleep but no, smoke is coming in my window so I have to close it and suffer with a fan only in a hot house.

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  8. Smoked out
    May 30, 2016 @ 10:38 am

    We are suffering with this now. Our neighbors’ two night fire pit marathon has had me in full asthma for four days now. I wrote them and asked to please stop the wood smoke. We are a condo and there is a nuisance clause that specifically addresses “noxious odors”. They responded, basically, “no”. Ignorance really is deadly. Looks like attorneys are I out near future.

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  9. Denise
    June 29, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

    The EPA should ban all wood fires. Except in the most remote rural areas, there are plenty of clean burning options for heat, cooking, and entertaining. Why outdoor wood burning, to the detriment of our health, our rest, repose and comfort, became a “thing”, I’ll never understand.

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  10. Laurie Randleman
    July 14, 2016 @ 3:29 pm

    Our neighbors used some type of duroflame log, because it smelled of chemicals all night, The smell was lingering, but even so, I’m in COMPLETE brain fog today from the exposure as if I’d eaten a whole gluten cake and hung out with a bunch of long hair cats all night! Fortunately, I think they’ll listen to me and not use the firepit.

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  11. lynda
    May 23, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    I live in mass my neighbor was told to remove a large pile of debri thought it would be fun I guess to chop it up pile it stacked neatly closer to us and now posting everywere on social media there gonna have bigger several fire pits this summer city BOH told us trying to aggrivate us

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