Generally speaking, the majority of air quality issues in the community are the result of dust and wood heater smoke.
To minimise dust, you can take some simple steps:
- avoid earth works and other dust-creating activities on hot windy days
- suppress and compact dust by watering with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or sprayed directly from a specified water truck
To reduce smoke emissions:
- use dry, seasoned, untreated wood
- stack wood undercover in a dry, ventilated area
- use small logs and place them in your heater in such a way so air can circulate freely
- burn the fire brightly
- don't let your heater smoulder overnight
- regularly check the chimney to ensure excessive smoke is not being emitted
- clean your flue or chimney at least once a year
In South Australia, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) currently has responsibility for air pollution. You can contact them on 8204 2004, email email@example.com or via the EPA website.
The website also has helpful tips and advice on the correct use and operation of domestic wood heaters.
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