"Wood Fired Heaters.....Ambience or Asthma Risk?"
Article from Redland Shire Council Newsletter July 2002
Wood-fired heaters are becoming
increasingly popular in Redland homes, because of the character and ambience
they create during the colder months.
However, with this popularity comes issues regarding health impacts and
Smoke from residential wood-fired
heaters can raise pollution levels potentially affecting your health and that
of your neighbours. Wood smoke
inhalation can contribute to respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis
and regular exposure can have the same health effects as passive smoking!
Not everyone shares the same enthusiasm
for wood-fired heaters last winter, Council received over eighty complaints
about smoke nuisance about half of all atmospheric complaints relating to pollutants.
This number is increasing every year.
It is the responsibility of the
owner of a domestic wood heater to ensure that smoke does not cause irritation
to their neighbours.
Redland Shire Council currently
enforces Local Law 18 to prevent smoke from heaters causing a nuisance, annoyance
or irritation to others. The maximum
penalty for this offence is $3750.00.
If you have a wood heater
installed, there are ways to reduce the smoke and pollutants-
Use the right fuel follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Purchase dry, seasoned wood stock up in the summer months.
Store your fuel properly.
Prevent heat leaks to reduce burning.
Maintain your heater by cleaning the flue regularly.