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Burnt gold paper contains 4 carcinogens. The National Health Administration has 3 suggestions for healthy grave cleaning and environmental protection.

The fourth day is the first day of the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday in Taiwan. Each family arranges to return to their hometown to clean the graves and burn the gold paper to pay tribute to their ancestors. The National Health Service of the Ministry of Health and Welfare said that the process of burning the gold paper reduces PM2.5 and other harmful pollutants, as well as four types of pollutants will be generatedcarcinogenthings. It is advised to reduce the amount of burning, hold hands together instead of holding the incense sticks and perform the puja sincerely, “Sincerity leads to spirituality”. There are also many cemeteries and life memorial parks that encourage reducing the burning of incense and candles, closing gold furnaces, or transferring paper money to incinerators for burning, thereby reducing carbon emissions. Is.

The Qingming Festival is a time when Chinese people pay homage to their ancestors and sweep their graves. How do we balance health, environmental protection and ancestor worship? The National Health Administration said that if candles, incense, gold paper, money, etc. are burned while cleaning graves, the burning process will generate PM2.5 and other harmful pollutants. According to the Environment Ministry, burning incense sticks or gold paper can produce a variety of harmful substances such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and fine suspended particles.

“Benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are carcinogenic.” The National Health Administration reminds that these substances are not only very harmful to the human respiratory tract, but also to people with cardiopulmonary function problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma. Etc., one should try to avoid these. Long-term exposure to air pollution.

However, when traditionally cleaning graves to worship ancestors, burning the gold paper is inevitable. The National Health Administration recommends that the public first reduce the amount of burning incense sticks and gold papers, and even perform puja with folded hands instead of holding incense sticks. By praying sincerely, “sincerity leads to spirituality”, which can take care of one’s own health and without losing the right attitude towards one’s family members. Respect for ancestors also expresses the inner memory and remembrance of ancestors. Many cemeteries and life memorial parks have encouraged measures to reduce carbon emissions such as reducing the burning of incense and candles, closing goldsmiths’ furnaces, or transferring paper money to incinerators for burning, all of which Can bring fresh air.

The National Health Administration provides 3 suggestions for people to “clean up tombs in a healthy way” during the Qingming Festival to pay respect to their ancestors:

1. Use flowers and fruits instead of burning incense. Keep your hands together and be honest. Buying smaller incense is also a solution to reduce burning time.

2. Reduce the amount of incense and gold paper burned periodically. If you need to burn incense, gold paper, or gold paper, you must choose incense that meets national standards (CNS) or responds to environmental policy. Concentrated burning of paper currency to reduce open burning.

3. Use environmentally friendly furnaces that prevent air pollution, pay attention to good ventilation, and install water tanks and spraying equipment to reduce air pollution.low temperaturedegree, and activate the environmental protection system to reduce flying ash and slag, and plan the use period of the golden furnace in time and make dynamics adjustment. It is recommended to wear it timely.mask for faceReduce exposure to poor air quality.

In addition, the National Health Administration and the Central Meteorological Administration of the Ministry of Transportation jointly developed the “LOHAS Weather APP-Healthy Meteorological Service”, which the public can download and use for free. Apart from tracking the latest health weather trends, they can also learn about the air quality and health conditions in their current location. The results of real-time monitoring of micro suspended particles can enable prompt response and prevention. The public is asked to take advantage of it and share it with relatives and friends around you. Through the health season service, you can spend the Qingming Festival and clean up the grave safely.

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