Most of us don’t need fires to cook our food or keep us warm. But they’re a tradition, and a way to unwind with friends and family, and maybe make s’mores around the flames. But there’s a darker side to popular backyard fire pits: wood smoke is bad for your health.
Just ask Carol Wivell. She moved to her home in McKeesport, south of Pittsburgh, about seven years ago.
“I would just like to emphasize the fact that I do love to work in my yard, when I feel well enough to do it,” Wivell said. “Wood smoke makes that difficult.”