BurnWWise

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




Bum 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.



Learn more at www.epa.gov/burnwise	oEPA


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