Wood smoke and air quality
Smoke from wood heaters can pollute the air. Learn about wood smoke pollution and how to prevent it.
Smoke from wood heaters and fireplaces can pollute the air. This can be harmful to our health.
Buying the right wood heater, using it correctly and maintaining it well can reduce wood smoke pollution.
If you’re concerned about smoke from a neighbour’s wood heater, try to talk to them first. You can report wood smoke pollution to your local council.
Wood heaters and open fireplaces contribute significantly to air pollution in Victoria. We measure air quality in different parts of the state. Check air quality in your area.
The Australian Government gives more information on wood heaters and wood smoke.
Air pollution can be harmful to our health. Some people are more sensitive to wood smoke, including:
Smoke and your health has tips on looking after your health when there is smoke.
To help minimise the impact of smoke on your health see:
Read more about wood smoke
Reviewed 24 May 2023