Ceramic Kilns - Summary
The operation of a ceramic kiln may pose a risk to indoor air quality if the unit is not properly maintained and mechanically ventilated to the outdoors. In addition, the introduction of certain synthetic materials during the firing process may create unusual and hazardous emissions. As a result, it is prudent to review the use of all kilns as well as the ventilation system provided to each unit. Failure to maintain and safely operate ceramic kilns located indoors may degrade indoor air quality and result in the accumulation of harmful concentrations of carbon monoxide, ozone, volatile organic compounds, and metallic vapors.
prepared by Todd H. Dresser, Environmental Engineer
Burlington Board of Health, 29 Center Street, Burlington, MA 01803