Fire & Wood Smoke

Smoke may smell good, but it's not good for you. Whether from an indoor fireplace or woodstove, an outdoor chimenea or fire pit, seasonal open burning, or a wildfire, wood smoke can damage your lungs and threaten your health.

Microscopic particles from wood smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, and get into your respiratory system. When you breathe them deeply, these particles can worsen asthma and trigger heart attack, stroke, and other heart and lung problems - particularly if you are already at risk for these conditions. Find out what federal, state, and local agencies are doing and what you can do to protect yourself from the dangers of wood smoke.

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