8 Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Actually Toxic

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Be careful if you have any respiratory conditions

If you suffer from respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you have to pay more attention to your fireplace because you can put yourself at risk by regularly using it. 

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease and symptoms include breathing difficulties, coughing, mucus production, and wheezing. This disease usually occurs when someone is exposed to some harmful gases that irritate their lungs in the long run. 

“If you have an existing respiratory condition, you should really pay close attention to air quality in your home,” Dr. Tong says.

Instead, you can opt for a humidifier or air purifier that helps reduce the risk of developing this disease and removes fine particles that contain dangerous chemicals.

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