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Burn Wise

Burn Wise Public Service Announcements

To help raise awareness about the best ways to burn wood, EPA developed the following public service announcements (PSAs). These PSAs are free to use for air quality agencies, chimney sweeps, hearth retailers and others who want to promote the Burn Wise message.

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Wood Smoke and Asthma Videos

During the wintertime, residential wood smoke is a main contributor to fine particle pollution (PM) and is responsible for poor air quality days in many areas across the United States. The following videos highlight the health effects related to PM exposure from residential wood smoke. For inquiries about broadcast-ready copies, please contact Larry Brockman at

Wood Burning "Best Practices" Videos

A cleaner more efficient fire starts before the first match is lit. The following videos offer simple steps and tips to properly dry firewood, including how to use a moisture meter to test if firewood is ready to burn. For inquiries about broadcast-ready copies, please contact Larry Brockman at

Video Contest Winners

In 2010, EPA conducted a video contest asking filmmakers from across the country to submit their best short videos to explain the benefits of burning only dry, seasoned wood. The following are the first, second and third-place winners from the contest. Please credit EPA's Burn Wise Program and acknowledge the filmmaker when posting each video. 

Live-Read Public Service Announcements

The following Burn Wise PSAs are intended to be read as radio announcements. Choose from the following lengths: