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  • Wood Smoke and Your Health

    Protect our health and the air you breath.

    EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors. Indoor air quality can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Poor indoor affects you more if you are young, elderly, chronically ill, or live with a respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

    Take steps to make your indoor air healthier. Avoid burning wood inside.

    Electric heaters like panel, radiant, and hydronic are a cleaner, healthier choice because they don’t emit or circulate smoke, gases, or dust.

    What is wood smoke?  

    Smoke forms when wood or other material burns. The smoke is made up of gases and fine particles also called particle pollution, particulate matter, or PM. Wood smoke contains toxic air pollutants like:

    Health effects of wood smoke  

    The biggest health threat from smoke is fine particles. These tiny bits can get into your eyes and lungs, and cause burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses, like bronchitis.  

    Wood smoke can trigger asthma or make your symptoms worse. Fine particles can also cause heart attacks, stroke, irregular heart rhythms, and heart failure, especially in people who are already at risk for these conditions.  

    Who is at risk from wood smoke?  

    It’s important to limit your exposure to smoke. Wood smoke can affect everyone, but you are at greater risk if you:

    • Are under 18 or over 65.
    • Live with heart or lung disease, including asthma and COPD.
    • Work outside.
    • Live with lower income, are homeless and have limited access to medical care.
    • Are experiencing obesity or diabetes.
    • Pregnant.