Home Health Could you be burning better?
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Could you be burning better?

by Cathy Sheel

If you’re cosying up to a fire during the long winter months, it’s important to remember that your stove or open fire produces tiny, harmful particles that can be damaging to your health.

Burning releases tiny, harmful particles that are not always visible, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there.

Here are three simple steps to look after your stove or open fire and reduce the harm to yourself and others:

  • get it checked regularly, have it swept at least once a year by a professional,
  • feed it the right fuel,
  • Look out for the ’Ready to Burn’ logo on fuel packaging and never burn wet or treated wood.

With these steps, you can help reduce the harmful impact that burning can have on you and your family’s health.

Here’s more information about DEFRA’s Burn Better, Breath Better campaign.