Wood Burning Smoke

Wood smoke, like other smoke, is a source of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which may cause health problems. Smoke is caused by burning wood in fireplaces, home appliances and heaters, BBQs, campfires and backyard burning.

Wood smoke and health

Wood smoke can cause eye and throat irritation and may aggravate respiratory illness and heart disease.

People who are most vulnerable to the affects of poor air quality from wood smoke include the very young, older persons, and those with heart and lung illnesses.

Learn more about the impact of wood burning smoke on your health.

How can I reduce wood smoke in my community?

Air quality is a shared concern between the provincial government, municipalities, health authorities, community partners and individuals.

Provincial legislation controls smoke, including The Environmental Management Act, the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and the Solid Fuel Domestic Appliance Regulation.

If you see wood smoke that may be causing illegal pollution, call the provincial RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

Local government can also play a role in reducing wood smoke. Contact your local elected representatives with your concerns. Island Health has successfully worked with several local governments on improving local air quality.

For air quality information, visit www.bcairquality.ca

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