PHOENIX - No Burn Day restrictions were issued Friday in order to combat air pollution as winter sets in.
The restrictions come as a result of the health watch issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for fine particulate matter pollution.
During the No Burn Day restrictions the Maricopa County Air Quality Department asks that residents not use wood-burning fireplaces, woodstoves or outdoor fire pits, to use a rake or broom instead of using a leaf blower, and to drive slowly or not at all on unpaved roads and vacant lots.
Burning activity in home fireplaces are the biggest course of particulate matter pollution and recent data marked an increase in fine particulate pollution in the air, according to MCAQD.
Burning wood produces small particles that are more difficult for the human nose and upper respiratory system to filter out, and the particles can settle in people’s lungs.
The High Pollution Advisory and No Burn Day restrictions are in effect through Sunday.
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