'Check Before You Light' program starts Saturday in Butte County

Oct 31, 2014 4:46 PM by News Staff

The "Check Before You Light" program asking Butte County residents to refrain from using wood stoves and fireplaces on poor air quality days begins Saturday.

Air quality officials say chimney smoke is a major source of winter time air pollution in Butte County and the microscopic particles in smoke have been linked to serious health injury.

The "Check Before You Light" program runs from November until February 28. The district will issue advisories on the days residents are asked to refrain from using wood stoves or fireplaces.

The BCAQMD has released the following tips to reduce smoke when you do light:

• Use only dry, well-seasoned wood. Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the grain and weighs less.
• Keep your chimney swept and ash bin clean to improve air flow and reduce smoke.
• Stack wood loosely in your firebox, so plenty of air circulates around it.
• Keep the flame active. Don't let your fire smolder overnight - keep enough air in the fire to maintain a flame.
• Check your chimney regularly to see how well your fire is burning.
• When storing wood, stack it under covering in a dry ventilated area.


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