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Old 12-06-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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Basically I have a roommate that likes to burn garbage whereever available in the fireplace downstairs. Incense sticks, Starbucks coffee cups, fast food wrappers, cardboard boxes and wood among the items burned. Are there any health hazards for doing this indoors settings in a fire place?
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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Yeh, total health hazard. And its also a fire hazard because that stuff coats the inside of your chimney.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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might be able to convince him to just burn firewood and incense sticks, still a health hazard?
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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They are still health hazards with even using a chimney properly but its not as bad as burning plastic and styrofoam. I would not burn the incense just because it can leave a sticky coating of resin. It will stain the front of the fireplace and also cause ash to cling to the inside. It probably would be a good idea to have your chimney serviced ASAP since he has been doing that.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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yes there are health hazards. Depending on where you live, it might even be illegal.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Surely you must have SOMETHING better to do with your time than worry about your roommate burning paper. You had better check to see if the toilet seat has been wiped down, or the dishes washed properly, or that there is no fungus in the shower. If you want to pick on the guy, tell him he has shortcomings below the belt. I suspect your real health hazard could end up being a left uppercut.
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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This is a real fire hazard, health problems aside. It should not be brushed off for that reason alone.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Shelby Township, MI
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please do not burn styrofoam
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:11 PM
 
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well laminated paper, corrugated cardboard(soaked in chlorine or bleach), and with a poorly cleaned chimney, the house has smoke up a few times......was more worried about health hazards, since lung cancer runs in the family, who knows what chemicals are getting added to the air
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