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Smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces can pollute the air we breathe, especially in the colder months. This can be harmful to our health. 

Buying the right wood heater, using it correctly and maintaining it well can prevent wood smoke pollution. Burning firewood the right way can help you keep your house warm overnight.

If you’re concerned about smoke from a neighbour’s wood heater, try to talk to them first. You can also report wood smoke pollution to your local council.

Air quality information is available at EPA AirWatch.

Read next 

How wood smoke causes pollution

Ways to reduce wood smoke pollution 

Choosing, buying, installing and maintaining a wood heater

Choosing firewood

Lighting and burning firewood

Keeping your house warm overnight 

What to do about neighbours with smoky wood heaters 

Wood smoke: where to get help

Reviewed 31 October 2019