Burning of wood creates a slew of toxins, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, benzo(a)pyrene, nitrogen dioxide, and many more. These pollutants irritate respiratory tracts and are linked to higher rates of stroke, heart attacks, and cancers.
While all burning will create emissions, what and how you burn can have an effect on the pollution you are creating. So if you do burn, please follow these tips to reduce your pollution.
Click here to download GASP’s wood smoke brochure, which covers most of the above information. Feel free to print it out and distribute it to anyone and everyone.
One of the dirtiest ways to burn wood is by using an outdoor wood-fired boiler, or OWB. Please click here to learn more about these appliances and state regulations concerning them.
Backyard burn barrels are also very inefficient ways to burn. Learn more from our burn barrel flyer, and feel free to download, print, and share this information.
On January 1, 2015, Allegheny County’s updated rules on “open burning” took effect. These rules are stronger than Pennsylvania’s general regulations. See the rules here.
If you are suffering from unreasonable burning from a neighbor and you live in Allegheny County, you can call the Allegheny County Health Department (412) 687-ACHD or click here to report an odor or opacity violation. If you are outside of Allegheny County, call PA DEP at (412) 442-4184 to file a complaint, or (412) 442-4184 for emergencies. Please let GASP know if you contact ACHD or DEP and how your complaint was handled by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.