Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Cooking with gas comes with risks

Renee Frank

An article was published in Sun-News on June 19, titled “Beware the Orange Flame.” It noted an occasional problem with a natural gas flame turning orange when the humidity was high, and advised people to call the Las Cruces Utilities office if this occurs. But the real story here is that any time natural gas is burned, it emits serious pollutants, be it that orange flame or that beautiful blue flame we all love.

“Cooking with gas” means these pollutants are being emitted directly into your home and into the air you breathe! Pollutants from gas stoves include nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Even in low concentrations, these toxic gases can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, causing coughing and shortness of breath, fatigue or even nausea. Exposure over time can lead to chronic bronchitis or asthma, and other health problems.

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