Coal and wood stoves put Navajo families at risk

Safety officials are encouraging members of the Navajo Nation to switch from coal and wood to propane to heat their homes, or at least to upgrade to more efficient and better-installed stoves and boilers. Many residents of Navajo land get cheap coal under a deal with mining companies, but using the fuels for domestic heating represents a fire hazard, and particulate matter from stoves can cause respiratory problems.

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