Smoke from wood heaters is a major cause of air pollution. In fact, during winter, wood heaters can produce up to seven times as much particle pollution as cars. Not only is a smoking fire wasting your money, but the air pollution it causes can also affect our health.
That's why we need to change the way we use our heaters.
Wood smoke contains a number of noxious gases (including carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and a range of organic compounds, some of which are toxic or carcinogenic) and fine particles, which go deep into the lungs.
Who is at risk?
Wood smoke pollution affects everyone. It is harmful to the health of wood heater users and the health of others in the community. Health effects depend on the extent of a person's exposure to wood smoke, one's age and current state of wellbeing.
People who are more at risk are:
You can be affected by wood smoke:
Nambucca Shire Council in partnership with the Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils has joined forces to tackle the winter phenomena of wood smoke pollution. See Video
To find out more about the MIDROC NSW wood smoke reduction program and how you can reduce wood smoke pollution visit:
For more information on the heath impacts of wood smoke visit
Public general health information and links to further information.