Smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contain a mixture of harmful gases and small particles. Breathing these small particles can cause asthma attacks and severe bronchitis, aggravate heart and lung disease and may increase the likelihood of respiratory illnesses.
Tips for wood smoke safety in the home:
- Make sure you have a CO (carbon monoxide) detector in your home
- have it located close to where you can hear it should it go off and make sure it meets safety standards.
- Have a professional chimney sweep do an annual inspection and cleaning of your chimney to ensure there are no blockages or clogging.
- Replace older wood heaters or fireplaces with models made after 1990 for fuel efficient and healthier wood burning.
To find out more about improving indoor air quality with new construction please visit Indoor airPLUS, a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants including environmental asthma triggers.
Use the partner locator to find an Indoor airPLUS builder in your state @ Partner Locator
Visit the EPA’s website for information on indoor air quality and asthma.
Information in this article is from the Environmental Protection Agency and Indoor airPLUS.