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Things you can do to keep Florida's Air Clean

 

Keep Your Neighborhood Smoke Free

Outdoor Tips

  • Don't Burn Yard Trash - Compost it or Haul It Away
    Most communities provide curbside pick-up of this material, or consider composting it.
  • Clean up your barbeque .
  • 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.

Fireplace Tips

  • Limit fires to special occasions.
  • Give your fire plenty of room - A fire with generous air supply reduces heavy smoke emissions.
  • 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 chimney.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood - Unseasoned wood burns poorly and creates thick smoke because of its high moisture content.
  • 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 gas fire.

Chimney Tips

  • Have your chimney inspected on a regular basis -  A professional chimney sweep should inspect your chimney once a year.
  • Clean your chimney.
  • 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.

More Things You Can Do

Last updated: September 11, 2013

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Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

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