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Smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces can pollute the air, 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. 

Read next 

Choosing firewood

Lighting and burning firewood

Keeping your house warm overnight 

Read more about wood smoke

Reviewed 19 December 2019