Oct. 30, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers using wood to heat their homes are being encouraged to take steps to reduce the adverse effects of wood smoke on people's health and on air quality this winter.
Smoke contains some potentially hazardous or toxic substances, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and organic gases. These pollutants may reduce air quality and may worsen pre-existing health conditions, such as heart conditions and asthma. Smoke may also cause eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as headaches.
The Department of Environment encourages homeowners burning wood for home heating to upgrade to a cleaner-burning, energy efficient Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified wood stove or pellet stove. Alternatively, they should consider using natural gas, propane or oil. These systems emit significantly less air pollution than conventional wood stoves.
Homeowners using wood stoves or fireplaces may reduce the health and environmental effects of wood smoke by ensuring that they operate their heating systems properly and burn wood efficiently by:
The Department of Environment encourages those using wood stoves or fireplaces to make their homes more energy-efficient with well-sealed, insulated windows and doors.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.