Lit­tle-known fume risk from fire­works

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I READ Pete Wil­liams’ let­ter “Pol­lu­tion and New Year Py­rotech­nics” (Gazette 11.1.17) in which he wrote that he hopes the thou­sands of pounds of fire­works let off along the River Thames on New Year’s Eve were low emis­sion, as he is con­cerned about air pol­lu­tion.

I agree with him be­cause there are health risks from fire­works.

The Bri­tish Lung Foun­da­tion said that fire­work night and the fol­low­ing day are the peak days for asthma and hospi­tal ad­mis­sions for chronic lung dis­ease.

Fire­works pol­lute the air with toxic heavy met­als such as lead, mer­cury, alu­minium, cad­mium and ra­dioac­tive bar­ium – which are not good for any­one.

Some of these are used to give fire­works their colours. Smoke from fire­works con­sists of fine toxic dusts that can en­ter the lungs and is a ma­jor con­cern for peo­ple with breath­ing prob­lems.

Work should be done on pro­duc­ing fire­works which are less harm­ful to health and the en­vi­ron­ment. NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED

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