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. (We can remove "Don't burn trash or
coated paper" since this covers the issue a bit better)
More Things You Can Do
May 22, 2013