Burning and health concerns

(Gabriola’s burning regulations do allow some outdoor burning, but only in specific situations. Check that page to see when you may and may not burn things on Gabriola.)

Before you burn anything, think about what you’ll be creating when you light that fire. Smoke, of course, and that can cause more health problems than you might have guessed. Smoke contains contaminants, including

  • Particulate matter
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Sulphur oxides
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

There are more, too!

Wikipedia’s page on smoke gives a daunting list of some of the chemicals smoke contains.

These are horrible for human health. Ask your doctor if you should be breathing in those things, and the answer is sure to be no. When you burn, you release these chemicals into the air that we all share.

Here are some links to external sites that explain the health concerns we create when we burn things: