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It was Guy Fawkes making me wheeze!

Most of us love to watch the fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night close to the warmth of a traditional bonfire.

Dr Keith Prowse, of the British Lung Foundation, says Bonfire Night and the next day are the peak days for asthma and admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bonfires release tiny particles — smoke, wood, plastic — of whatever is being burned. If these get into the airways and lungs they can be hazardous, even life-threatening, especially for those with asthma and COPD

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I find I can enjoy the fireworks from behind closed windows and doors, making sure I have closed all my windows before the fireworks begin. Any smoke, including bonfire and fireworks play havoc with my airways, and it is so true even the next day its still hanging in the air.

Take care and breathe easy all.


In winter we have a log fire every day in our sitting room and a log burner in the hall, I sit in front of the fire, I read the Daily Mail comment and it makes me worry a bit. I don't notice any difference with my breathing from summer to winter so maybe it dosn't effect me, after all the smoke does go up the chimney and we have it swept regularly.

Anyway I don't think I shall be going to a bonfire rather be in the warm sitting by my own fire.


Our dog has really bad panting sessions around bonfire night every year. Not from the smoke in the air, but from being frightened silly by fireworks going off night after night and running in, petrified!

There are idiots who think it's funny to set off a multi-bang firework in the gardens of old folks homes next to where we live, or in the park over the road.

For many years I've supported local displays, where they have a big show and all done by sensible people. With so many dodgy fireworks about and shops that will still sell to kids it's become more of a nuisance than a pleasure.

Very few organised displays have bonfires now, because of health and safety concerns. Someone would have to stay with the fire for several hours, until it's gone out completely and is cold, to stop idiotic kids from doing dares to run through the embers.

The world has gone mad. As kids we were not allowed fireworks, only our parents could go near them. We could have a small fire in our own back garden, now you can be prosecuted for that.


Getting within 2 metres of naked flame is not advised as an oxygen user saving any problems that smoke or fumes can cause staying away from fires comes naturally now :-)


Don't know about other folks here, but round this part of the country, you can buy and let off fireworks EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, so"Guy Fawkes Night" has rather lost its novelty now, BUT, when locals have an "explosive evening" breathing during this ,if you go out and the following day can be a bit spluttering !!....... Oh, and one last thought, this business about ONLY selling fireworks to people above a certain age is a nonsense - all the kids do is to get their OLDER brothers or sisters to do it for them ! - its a sign of the times I spose !! .....Vittorio..


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