Things you can do to keep Florida's Air Clean
Keep Your Neighborhood Smoke Free
- Don't Burn Yard Trash - Compost it or Haul It Away
Most communities provide
curbside pick-up of this material, or consider composting it.
- Use a clean-burning
propane or natural gas .
- Skip the charcoal lighter fluid and other products that contain
hydrocarbons lighter fluid, and instead use an electric or
chimney-type probe to heat up briquettes.
- Limit fires to special occasions.
- Give your fire plenty of room - A fire with generous air supply reduces heavy smoke
- Build small, hot fires - Large fires smolder and pollute more.
- Keep the fire screen closed.
- Use a spark arrester on the chimney.
- Close the fireplace damper so air won't escape through the
- Burn only dry, seasoned wood -
Unseasoned wood burns poorly and creates thick smoke because of its high
- Use manufactured fireplace logs - These are made from fine-particle sawdust and wax. They
burn slowly at a higher temperature, sending less air up your chimney
and producing less smoke.
- If possible, use a
- Have your chimney inspected on a regular basis - A professional chimney sweep should inspect your chimney
once a year.
- Watch your chimney top - If you see heavy smoke coming out of your chimney, the wood
is not burning efficiently.
- Make sure your wood stove and fireplace inserts fit properly. Inserts that are too large produce more heat than you need
and create excess smoke when you use the damper.
Some things you should never burn - Garbage, glossy paper, painted
and chemically treated wood can create toxic smoke and fumes.
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September 11, 2013