Fire in household: Practical steps to minimize air pollution

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Fire is often used in our homes for cooking, heating, and creating an atmospheric ambiance. However, burning wood, coal, or other fuels in stoves, fireplaces, and furnaces can contribute to air pollution in our surroundings. Here are a few practical steps we can take to minimize the air pollution impact associated with using fire in households.

Firstly, choose the right fuel for burning. Dry, hard, and properly prepared wood burns more efficiently and produces less smoke. Avoid burning painted or treated wood, as it may emit toxic substances.

Secondly, regularly maintain our stoves and fireplaces. Clearing ash and accumulated soot from vents and chimneys will help maintain combustion efficiency and reduce smoke emissions.

Thirdly, use the appropriate amount of fuel. Overloading the stove or fireplace can lead to incomplete combustion and more smoke emissions. Also, remember that there’s no need to keep a fire in the fireplace if it’s not necessary.

The last step is responsible timing of burning. Choose days when atmospheric conditions are favorable, allowing smoke to disperse freely. Avoid burning on days with forecasted poor air quality.

By taking these practical steps, we can enjoy the benefits of using fire in our households while minimizing the negative impact on air quality and the health of our planet.