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.
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.
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