Earth Calendar for October 17th and October 18th

Oct 17, 2012

The distinctive smell of wood smoke is a sign of the heating season.  It may smell good, but wood smoke can impact indoor air quality and health.  Smoke is a mixture of tiny particles and gasses produced when wood burns-the fine particles can get into eyes and lungs, where they aggravate COPD, bronchitis and asthma. Using “best burn practices” at home will help minimize wood smoke and protect your health:  Only use seasoned wood for burning-seasoned wood looks darker, has cracks in the ends and sounds hollow if smacked against another piece of wood.  Use newspaper and dry kindling to start a fire.  Never use gasoline, kerosene, charcoal starter or a propane start.  Build hot fires which are safer and more efficient than smoldering fires.  Do not burn trash, cardboard, coated or painted wood, particle board, plywood or wood with glue on it.  Burning these materials can release harmful chemicals.  If you burn wood at home, even occasionally, install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to keep you and your family safe.  Learn more about best burn practices and wood burning appliances at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Burn Wise Program website.

On Our Calendar:  Nature Program,  “Digging for Dinosaurs” is  the latest edition of the Backyard Series at Highland Cemetery, located at 2167 Dixie Highway in Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017. The program, presented by Cincinnati Museum Center, is set for Thursday, October 25th at 6:30 pm and will run for about an hour. To register, call (859) 331-3220 or contact