Wood fires and 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.