Nov. 10, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is encouraging persons using wood to heat their homes to reduce the adverse effects of wood smoke on health and air quality.
Smoke contains 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. Efficiency New Brunswick offers the Home Heating System Upgrade bonus to those who wish to complete this upgrade on an existing home.
Homeowners using wood stoves or fireplaces may reduce the health and environmental effects of wood smoke by ensuring 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.