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The distinctive smell of wood smoke is a sign of the heating season. It may smell good, but wood smoke can impact indoor air quality and your health. Smoke is a mixture of tiny particles and gases produced when wood burns - the fine particles can get into your eyes and lungs, where they may aggravate some health conditions like lung disease, bronchitis and asthma.
Viewer Tip: Use these "best burn practices" at home to minimize wood smoke and protect your health:
If you burn wood at home - even occasionally - install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector to keep you and your family safe. If you already have detectors, check the batteries to make sure they are working properly.
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(Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Burn Wise: Consumers – Best Burn Practices.)