Council issues wood-burning warning as winter looms
3:01pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
WOOD burners need to be used responsibly in the winter according to Stroud District Council.
With the colder months fast approaching, many people are turning to wood-burning stoves to provide warmth and the council wants to remind people to consider their neighbours at this time of year.
Burning unsuitable materials or wet logs can cause fumes and smoke to drift over other peoples’ homes and gardens.
Smoke from burning wood is especially harmful to children, people with respiratory health problems and the elderly.
In valley areas in particular, smoke can often linger for long periods - not good if your neighbours have their windows open or are trying to dry washing.
Robert Weaver, environmental protection manager for Stroud District Council, said:
“We ask that people use only dry, well seasoned logs or specific smokeless fuels in wood burning stoves, and that they are mindful of any neighbours who could end up being the unhappy about smoke and fumes.”
Used responsibly, a wood burner can offer an effective way of heating the home. Wood fuel forms a sustainable source and is classed as carbon neutral - although combustion of wood fuels release CO2, this is offset by the CO2 absorbed by the planting of trees.
The council has issued guidelines to minimising emissions when wood burning, included only burning dry, seasoned wood that has been stored for six months.
Residents are asked not to burn treated, painted, green wood or plywood as well as refraining from burning rubbish, plastic or cardboard.
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