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Concerned about wood smoke? Attend a meeting.

This past summer, residents of Multnomah County (and other parts of the state) breathed air heavily polluted by nearby forest fires. Many individuals had problems breathing and burning eyes and runny noses. The smoke-filled air was especially harmful to those with existing heart and lung diseases.Many people don't realize that burning wood in a fireplace or wood stove produces the same type of pollution as a forest fire, including tiny particles and gases that harm our health in many ways.* Along with diesel exhaust and industrial pollution, wood smoke is a major air quality concern in Oregon. Burning wood pollutes the air inside ...

What do you know about wood smoke?

Myths and Facts About Wood SmokeIs the ambiance of a fireplace and the coziness of a wood stove worth serious health consequences? As we head into winter, take a moment to learn more about the downsides of wood smoke and how to reduce health impacts on your neighbors and your family.Myth: Wood is a natural substance, so burning it couldn’t be bad.Fact: Some 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned how to make fire, and we’ve been burning wood ever since. But that doesn’t mean that inhaling wood smoke is good for our health. We all know that tobacco—a natural substance—is a carcinogen. Likewise arsenic—another naturally ...