I woke up this morning with swollen eyes and throat, hardly able to talk after breathing the toxic smoke from yesterday’s fire. So I called the EPA and I’m waiting for a call back.

Then I called the PA Department of Environmental Destruction Protection, and they quickly said, “We don’t handle that.”

So it’s not under your jurisdiction when someone stores toxic material in an unsafe manner that exposes all these people?

“No, you want the Philadelphia Air Management office.”

I call. A woman takes all the information and says someone from the engineer’s office will call me back.

In the meantime, I’m praying that this rain gets here soon. Maybe it will make it easier to breathe.

6 thoughts on “Citizenship

  1. Wash your face, regularly, to keep that stuff off your skin. Do you have a netti pot? Rinse your nose out, if you can, frequently. Drink tea to clear your throat.
    Us sensitive flowers must stick together.

  2. If no netti pot, you might try a small teapot — with a narrow pouring spout. Use non-iodized salt mixed with lukewarm water. Ratio of 1/4 tsp to 8 oz water.

    I believe distilled water was recommended, but I haven’t read that far in the directions. Google netti pot directions.

    The netti pot didn’t help me all that much, as my narrow openings to my sinuses get thoroughly blocked up with irritants and allergic reactions. But it may help clean the nasal breathing passages.

    Good luck, Susie.

  3. Susie, do you have an air-cleaner?? I have a Frederick and when air quality is bad I can’t live w/o it. {hugs}

    BTW, I live in Philly. If you’d like to borrow it (I’m not using it now) You may.

  4. For future reference … try hot showers, hot tea, Halls eucalyptus cough-drops, and/or anti-histimine (if you think there’s an allergic reaction involved) .

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