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What You Can Do

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Learn before you burn. Burn the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance.

1. Save money and time. Burn only dry, seasoned wood and maintain a hot fire.

  • Season and dry wood outdoors through the summer for at least 6 months before burning it.
  • Start fires with clean newspaper and dry kindling
  • Burn hot fires
  • Never burn garbage, plastic, or pressure treated wood - which can produce harmful chemicals when burned
  • To learn more about how to burn the right wood, view information on best burn practices

2. Keep your home safer. Have a certified technician annually inspect and service your appliance.

  • Nearly 7 percent of home fires are caused by creosote build up in the chimney. Have your chimney annually cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.
  • A properly installed and maintained wood-burning appliance burns more efficiently, saving you money.
  • If you smell smoke in your home then something is wrong. Shut down the appliance and call a certified chimney sweep to inspect the unit.
  • To learn more about how to burn the right way, view information on installation and maintenance

3. Have a healthier home. Upgrade to an efficient, EPA-approved wood-burning appliance.

  • Today's wood-burning appliances burn cleaner and produce less smoke inside and outside your home
  • Look for EPA labeling on your wood-burning appliance
  • Efficient wood-burning appliances burn less wood, saving you time and money
  • To learn how to Burn Wise in the right appliance, view information on choosing appliances
Remember to check your local air quality forecast before you burn.


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