Cabonne Council allows the installation and operation of wood heaters provided they meet Australian manufacturing and operating standards.
However, smoke from wood heaters can be 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.
Woodsmoke 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.
These pollutants can cause breathing difficulties even at relatively low levels, especially for people suffering existing respiratory conditions, such as asthmatics, and for very young children and frail older people.
There is also evidence that smoke pollution can cause cardiac problems.
If you can see or smell smoke from your wood heater then you are causing a problem for yourself, your family and your neighbors.
What you can do about woodsmoke pollution?
Harmful smoke pollution can be drastically reduced if we improve the way we use our wood heaters.
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) works in partnership with local councils to educate residents on ways to reduce pollution from wood heaters. Here are some tips from the EPA on how to make a difference:
Additional information is also available in the Wood-smoke Handbook: Woodheaters, firewood and operator practice