2010 Jan. 6: WI: Neighbors of OWB burner use respirators in their back yard

2010 Jan. 6: WI: Neighbors of OWB burner use respirators in their back yard
 
"Ultimate for relief from smoke inhalation" 2010-01-06
By Grebe D Byrd (Wisconsin, USA)
I have a neighbor who installed an Outdoor Wood Boiler 150 feet from our home (currently "grandfatered" after the town decided to regulate). When the wind is from the NW, the acrid smoke, laden with fine, carcinogenic particles, envelopes our home and often finds its way inside as well. Our very lives are literally dictated by the direction of the wind. When we find it necessary to do chores or otherwise venture out on "smoke" days (~ 80% of the winter here in northern Wisconsin) we found that the 3M 8247 Particle Respirator provides the very best filtering of any of a dozen or so products we’ve tried. I was told that a rule of thumb is "if there is any smell … there are particles". When using a properly fitted 3M 8247, there is no smell whatsoever. For information on OWB hazards, do a web search using "OWB Hazards" and "smoke particle hazards" as subjects.

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