News

Reducing Winter Air Pollution

Posted: 25 Jul 2018
With winter well and truly in full swing, residents can assist in reducing winter smoke and ensure their fires are burning correctly.

Wood smoke particles from inefficient heaters can be seen as a smoke haze that sometimes sits over built up areas. Not only is this unattractive, it can also be bad for our health. Wood smoke can cause breathing difficulties, especially for people suffering existing respiratory conditions, such as asthmatics, and for very young children and frail older people.

Some simple steps to reduce wood smoke pollution are:

  1. Don't let your heater smoulder overnight – keep enough air in the fire to maintain a flame.
  2. Burn only dry, aged hardwood in your wood heater. Unseasoned wood has lots of moisture, which causes a fire to smoke.
  3. Store your wood under cover in a dry, ventilated area. Freshly cut wood needs to be stored for at least eight to twelve months.
  4. Never burn rubbish, driftwood or painted or treated wood. These pollute the air and can produce poisonous gases.
  5. When lighting a cold heater, use plenty of dry kindling to establish a good fire quickly.
  6. Use several small logs rather than one large log and stack them loosely in your heater, so air can circulate around them. Don't cram the firebox full.
  7. Keep the flame lively and bright. Your fire should only smoke when you first light it and when you add extra fuel. Open the air controls fully for 5 minutes before and 15 to 20 minutes after reloading the heater.
  8. Check your chimney regularly to see how well your fire is burning. If there is smoke coming from the chimney, increase the air supply to your fire.
  9. Have the chimney cleaned every year to prevent creosote build-up.
  10. If you are buying a wood heater, make sure it has a compliance plate showing it meets the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4013).
 
Hills Ryde Best Limousine Private Transfer Hills Ryde Best Limousine Private Transfer Hills Ryde Best Limousine Private Transfer #BellaVista, #BaulkhamHills, #Kellyville, #ThePonds, #Dural, #Galston, #Westleigh,

Recent News

Is Your Airbag Safe?
Is Your Airbag Safe?
There have been many news articles in recent years about faulty Takata...
Australians Encouraged to Discuss Organ Donation During DonateLife Week
Australians Encouraged to Discuss Organ Donation During DonateLife Week
DonateLife Week, Sunday 29 July - Sunday 5 August 2018
Donate Strength....
My Health Record Kits Available from Today
My Health Record Kits Available from Today
My Health Record kits being distributed to Australian healthcare
providers...
Community Infrastructure Grants Funding Now Open
Community Infrastructure Grants Funding Now Open
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith encourages community organisations...
Young Historians Have the Opportunity to Tour Battlefields of Europe
Young Historians Have the Opportunity to Tour Battlefields of Europe
The 2018 ClubsNSW Anzac Ambassadors Program has now opened and local high...

What's New

Term 3 catalogue out now!
Term 3 catalogue out now!
Macquarie Community College Carlingford
Looking for a Unique Wedding Venue?
Looking for a Unique Wedding Venue?
Allegro Function Centre
Office Desks
Office Desks
Nepean Office Furniture and Supplies
Located in the Heart of the Hills Region
Located in the Heart of the Hills Region
Hills Lodge Grand Mercure
Everything you’ve been looking for...
Everything you’ve been looking for...
Del Rio Riverside Resort

Have You Visited

Announcement
Everything you’ve been looking for...BMX Track, Volley Ball Court, 9 hole Golf Course, Putt Putt, Water Ski-ing, 2 Tennis Courts, Bush Walking & so much moreView Del Rio Riverside Resort »
Contact · Add Your Event · Add Media Release · Add Your Business · Privacy · Site Map · Website © 2016-2018 Stralia Web