Burn n Wise

Program of U.S. EPA

WOOD SMOKE

AND YOUR HEALTH

Wood smoke may smell good but it's not
good for you. With a few simple steps you
can help reduce wood smoke to protect
your health and the air we breathe.

DID YOU KNOW?

One old, inefficient
wood stove can emit
as much air pollution
as 5 dirty old diesel
trucks.

Tiny particles in wood smoke can affect your health

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HEART IMPACTS

Increases the risk of heart
attack, irregular heartbeat,
heart failure, stroke and
early death.

LUNG IMPACTS

Triggers asthma attacks and
aggravates other lung diseases
and damages children's lungs.

WHO IS AT GREATER RISK?

Older adults

Children and teens

People with heart or
lung disease

Four easy steps to reduce wood smoke




Burn dry, seasoned
wood that has been
split, stacked,covered
and stored.

Test wood with a moisture
meter (20% moisture or
less is best).




Use a cleaner-burning
gas or wood stove.

Provide sufficient air
to the fire; never let
it smolder.

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Learn more at www.epa.gov/burnwise

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