Woodsmoke & Smoke Events
The smoke from wood burning is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles (also called particle pollution, particulate matter, or PM). In addition to particle pollution, wood smoke contains several toxic harmful air pollutants including: benzene, formaldehyde, acrolein and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). According to EPA, “Wood smoke can affect everyone, but children, teenagers, older adults, people with lung disease, including asthma and COPD or people with heart diseases are the most vulnerable. New or expectant mothers may also want to take precautions to protect the health of their babies, because some studies indicate they may be at increased risk.
Read more below about best practices for cleaner, safer wood heat.