Neighbourhood wood smoke
Smoke pollution from wood heaters
Smoke from wood heaters is a major cause of air pollution, which can affect our health.
Wood smoke contains a number of noxious gases (including carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and a range of organic compounds, some of which are toxic or carcinogenic) and fine particles, which go deep into the lungs.
If you can see or smell smoke from your wood heater then you are causing a problem for yourself, your family and your neighbours.
What is wood smoke?
Wood smoke is produced from burning solid fuel in a wood heater or open fireplace. Wood is a natural material, but when it’s burned, it produces harmful particle pollution and noxious gases, which go deep into the lungs.
To reduce the harmful effects of wood smoke:
The NSW Environment Protection Authority has developed the following practical tips for wood heater owners to better operate their wood heaters.
- Don’t burn rubbish or painted or treated wood
- Ensure your wood is dry
- Make sure your fire has enough air
- Don’t let your fire smoulder overnight
- Get your flue checked and cleaned at least once a year by a professional
More information is available in brochures which are published by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.