Wood fires and breathing problems

wood fires breathing problems

Smoke from slow combustion stoves, wood fires and also from burn offs and bushfires can cause breathing problems, especially for people who have previously been diagnosed with lung conditions like asthma or with heart disease.

You may be affected by wood smoke from fires in your own home, or outside from neighbouring homes and outdoor fires.

If you use a wood heater or wood stove:

  • Operate it properly and clean the flue or chimney regularly to minimise the amount of smoke produced.
  • Leave a window partially open to let in fresh air and reduce the build up of indoor pollution.
  • Be aware of signs like drowsiness, as this can indicate that levels of carbon monoxide are high.

Find out more about this topic at Better Health Channel

References used for this topic page

More information:
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Department of Health (Vic)
Better Health Channel
NSW Environment Protection Authority
Research & reviews:
Informa healthcare

Fast facts:

  • Wood fire smoke contains particles that can harm your health.
  • Wood smoke exposure can occur inside and outside the home.
  • Operate and maintain wood heaters and wood burning ovens properly to minimise the amount of smoke generated.
  • Wear properly fitting P2 dust masks if burning crop stubble. These are available in our Safety shop

Last updated: 5th December, 2016