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posted: 11/5/2017 12:01 AM

Even in fire pit, don't burn leaves

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As autumn chill leads to falling leaves, I will not be burning them in a backyard fire pit like a few of my Wheaton neighbors might do.

It may seem OK, given that the firepit is not considered the same as burning an open pile of leaves, but I do not want to be responsible for causing any of my neighbors or their children to have asthma attacks as they choke on my smoke.

If no inhaler is at hand, asthma sufferers can literally die before receiving medical attention.

I just don't want to be responsible for that. So, I will compost or bag them instead, along with my fallen branches. Please join me in doing the same.

Jeffrey Gahris

Wheaton

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