County's public health officer advises caution
Last updated 10/27/2007 at Noon
The ash created by the various October 2007 fires may contain
hazardous chemicals, and San Diego County's public health officer
is urging caution when handling ash.
"The ash particle's more than just the wood. It's synthetic
materials found in people's homes," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the
county's public heath officer. "The best measure is to protect
yourself from the exposure."
Some of those materials may contain chemicals linked to cancer.
The quantity and length of exposure would determine the threshold
of causing cancer, and while there is no definite evidence that
the ash will...