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After 3-day break, 'Spare the Air' alerts are back

Original post made on Dec 14, 2011

Even before the sun set yesterday, predicted weather conditions, along with projected unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area, prompted a local agency to proclaim the season's fifth winter Spare the Air Day for Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:37 AM

Comments (13)

Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I'm burning wood in the fireplace only on these winter spare the air days. Come find me Bay Area Air Quality Management District! Bet you the cost of your lame ticket you can't.

Posted by Francine, a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2011 at 6:56 am

I live in Hopatcong NJ and I live next to the neighbors from hell. They burn anything they can get their hands on in their wood burning stove with the damper wide open meaning they are heating up the neighborhood. I finally received resolution to that matter but I am working on changing things in my town. My neighbors are idiots because they have no clue how to use this stove properly and because of them others suffer...if you can't afford to heat your home with other alternatives maybe you can't afford the house?

Posted by Won Hung Lo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

Hooray! It's really too bad that wood burning isn't banned every day of the year. The population density is just too high in the Bay Area for wood burning in other than high-efficiency stoves.

Pro-Law, you are a meatball. Maybe you have inhaling too much smoke and it has turned your brain to jerkey.

Posted by sheila murdoch, a resident of Livermore
on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

The pro arguments for wood burning echo the lame arguments of pro-tobacco people--it's my "right" to burn. Smoking was prohibited in bars and restaurants because the smoke can kill people from heart attacks and asthma attacks--even unborn babies. Wood burning should be banned every day of the year. Gas fireplaces are cool and much more energy efficient. And they save lives.

Posted by HotSam, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I light up my low-efficiency fireplace whenever the mood strikes, Spare the Air day or not.

Posted by Eloise, a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Eloise is a registered user.

How odd to light up a fireplace when there is a Spare the Air day. I'm so sorry for you. Your neighbors have to put up with your smoke, but you have to live with your selfishness 24/7. It must be incredibly unfulfilling to care so little for how others are affected by your actions. Again, I am so, so sorry for you.

Wood smoke is an irritant. When it inflames the airways, it deprives the body of oxygen by the swelling, which restricts air movement. It also deprives the body of oxygen on a cellular level when there is inhalation of wood smoke. If you don't care about how smoke affects others, maybe you should rethink that.

Posted by Hannah, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

The complaining mouth breathers are the real irritant. If you are all so sensitive, you should be living in a bubble, with no exposure to the big, bad, real world. You wimps will be the first ones to kick off, regardless as to whether we burn wood or not. The exhaust from your car is way worse than wood smoke and yet you drive around impacting everyone around you.
I'm so sorry for you having to live with your selfishness 24/7 and the fact that you can't control everyone's lives and make them do exactly what you want. So sad........

Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

"The exhaust from your car is way worse than wood smoke and yet you drive around impacting everyone around you."

Rubbish. The exhaust from a modern, well tuned car is no where near as toxic as the pollution from a wood fire. Where do you get your information?

Posted by eloise, a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

eloise is a registered user.

Hannah makes an untrue assumption that those who object to the intrusion of wood smoke into their homes and onto their property are trying to control everyone else's lives. The truth is, those who are the victims of thoughtless smoke intrusion are too busy trying to deal with the problems it causes to be even remotely interested in controlling her life. Ask a parent dealing with an asthmatic child having an asthma attack from wood smoke if controlling Hannah's life is high on their priority of things to do. I doubt it. Their priority is their child's safety in their own home and on their property.

Wood smoke does intrude into peoples' homes, and it's horrible to watch someone suffering an asthma attack from it. Let a little love into your heart, Hannah. Have some compassion.

Posted by me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

Fellow Pleasantonians.....Just look out your window to see what is going on. We have a clear view of Mount Diablo from our deck and there was a day last week where we could barely see it due to the smog. Drive into Pleasanton from Castro Valley on I580 East and you would have seen the same thing last week... the hills were barely visible.

There are alot of things we can't stop driving everywhere. (I wish I could.) But doing what we can is great. If that means not burning wood for a few days until the weather pattern changes, then lets all do a little action to make a big difference!

Posted by Fault Disney, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Oh you poor sheeple.

Whether we burn wood in our fireplaces or crank up our central heating, emissions pretty-much balance out. Think about it. The production of natural gas to heat our homes on cold days increases when we opt to crank up the heater, and therefore, so do the emissions from big, ugly, toxic, energy plants that create our beloved natural gas. We're just naive because these plants aren't in our backyards.

When was the last time any of you walked out of your house and into a smudging cloud of annoying and irritating chimney smoke anyway? Let me answer for you -- NEVER! I'm 39. I've lived in Pleasanton my entire life and never once have I choked on a neighbors chimney smoke. Only occasionally do I ever catch whiffs of wood smoke. And when I do, a sense of nostalgia and pride that someone is engaging in their birthright of making fire to keep their family warm comes over me.

Poor Mt. Diablo View guy! We fireplace users have obstructed his clear view -- for AN ENTIRE DAY! You GOTTA be kidding me! You REALLY just said that?

You SHEEPLE make me sick! Complaining about chimney smoke! You MUST complain about using central heating too then! But you don't.

I bet most of you SHEEPLE here have a crew of landscapers cutting, trimming, and blowing grass and leaves around your yard at least once a week -- 52 times a year -- for 1-2 hours a visit -- using some of the most pollutant-producing and overlooked gas-powered tools available! Do the emissions-math now, Sheeple! At least your yards look great though. Check this out! Web Link

The more you know...

Posted by me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm

To Fault Disney:

From Mount Diablo guy
I'm sorry but you missed my point, so please allow me to clarify for you.

I AM NOT complaining that my view is obstructed for one day. My point was and is..... ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IT LOOK OUT THE WINDOW TO SEE THE POOR AIR QUALITY IN THIS AREA. I AM CONCERNED that our air quality is SO POOR that visibility is so reduced. I am concerned for what people are breathing into their lungs, especially children.

By the way... I DO smell wood burning smoke in my house.


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I agree with the arguments for smoking in bars & restaurants should be illegal. I don't agree with the arguments for not letting my burn wood in a fireplace whenever I want.

The bigger problem I have is a government agency being involved with something like this.

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