Wood-burning stoves cited as CO2 poisoning source

About 50,000 fires a year and more than 200 carbon monoxide deaths are blamed on wood- and coal-burning stoves and other combustion appliances in the home.

While the number of fires is down from 130,000 in 1982, the risk of contact burns from touching hot stove surfaces remains serious, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In addition, cooking with wood-burning stoves has been linked in Navajo children to higher risk of acute lower respiratory illnesses, due to higher concentrations of respirable particles in indoor air, according to a study in the October 1996 Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

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