TIPS for Cleaner Fireplace Burning SMOKE In Your Neighborhood?

SMOKE In Your
Neighborhood?
TIPS for Cleaner
Fireplace Burning
Wood Smoke Is Unhealthy
Clean Your Chimney
Breathing wood smoke reduces lung function, aggravates
heart and lung diseases, and can trigger asthma.
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Don’t Burn Trash or Fuels
Research
estimates that
70%
of smoke from chimneys
can actually reenter
your home or your
neighbors’ homes
A dirty chimney is full of flammable creosote. Schedule
regular maintenance by a professional chimney sweep.
Wood smoke contains soot, fine
particles, dioxins, carbon monoxide,
and volatile organic compounds, all of
which can impact the lungs and heart
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before
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Be a Good Neighbor
Learn
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before
Learn
before you burn! Follow the tips on the back of
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and at OurAir.org/cleaner-fireplace-burning.
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When you make a fire, walk outside and notice where
Learn
your smoke
is going. Talk with your neighbors to see if
before
your smoke
is a problem.
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burn
Burning trash can cause toxic chemicals to go into
the air. Don’t burn plastics, chemicals, wrapping
paper, magazines, colored or coated papers (including
newspaper inserts and junk mail). Never use flammable
fuels in or near your fireplace – the vapors can explode.
Build Better Fires
Burn only dry, well-cured wood. Hard woods are dense,
which burn more slowly and evenly. As a result, they
produce more heat and less smoke. Small hot fires are
better than large smoldering ones. Avoid “roaring” fires
– they can start chimney fires and can overheat wall and
roof materials.
Burn Less
Remember, a fireplace fire is not an efficient way to
produce heat. Use your heater for heat and your fireplace
for special occasions.
Notice Your Smoke
…notice your smoke
Weather conditions and terrain can cause an inversion
layer that prevents smoke from rising and dispersing.
Walk outside and see where your smoke is going. Ask
your neighbors if the smoke is bothering them and if so,
seek a win-win solution.
Never Leave A Fire Unattended
Clean
your
chimney
Don’t
burn
trash
Upgrade to a
cleaner burning
fireplace
For More Information...
(805) 961-8800
OurAir.org
Make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed
or leaving the house.
Upgrade Your Fireplace
A gas fireplace or a fireplace using an EPA-certified insert
will create less pollution than a typical wood burning
fireplace or stove. (Never burn wood in a fireplace that
was designed for a gas log.)
(805) 961-8800
OurAir.org