Many thanks to the City Council for taking a step to reduce wood smoke pollution in Davis. While fires in the home are a grand old tradition, perhaps particularly on holidays, we ultimately have to acknowledge that people’s health should take precedence. The negative aspects of burning were summarized in Mark Wilson’s letter to the editor (Enterprise, Oct. 23).
Additionally, we should consider that prohibiting wood smoke only on selected “no burn” days is like prohibiting reckless driving only during rush hour. To people affected by localized neighborhood smoke, it does not matter what the regional air quality is or whether it happens during “the burning season.” Therefore, we look forward to increased restrictions regardless of air quality or season, at least in the absence of wind.
Another healthful step would be to stop advertising fireplaces and wood stoves as positive features when houses are offered for sale, and instead require home buyers to be informed of the hazards of wood smoke.
John Whitehead and Anne Huber