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  • Declare Your Independence from Charcoal Lighter Fluid

    Jun 30, 2015 | Read More News
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    On Independence Day declare freedom from stinky charcoal lighter fluid that causes air pollution, is a safety hazard when stored around your home and can leave a residual taste on your food. If charcoal is your choice of fuel, try barbecuing without lighter fluid by using a charcoal chimney. A charcoal chimney costs about $15 and lasts for years. All you need to start the charcoal is a little newspaper and a match, instead of having to purchase and store flammable (and expensive) lighter fluid. Mixed with sunshine and other pollutants, the chemicals in lighter fluid create a pollutant called ground-level ozone. By being lighter-fluid free at your next barbecue, you can save money and keep the air healthy to breathe.Independence Day Fireworks

    PDEQ suggests other ways you can help the air and the environment:

    • Use plates, napkins, and utensils that can be washed and used again to reduce waste and help save natural resources. 
    • Make an inexpensive paste of baking soda and water and use a pumice stone to clean the grill. It costs pennies and is completely non-toxic. Aerosol oven cleaners release toxic fumes.
    • Buy locally-produced foods to reduce transportation-related air pollution and support local farms.

    These small changes can save you money and help us all breathe easier.