Cigarette smoke isn’t the only type of smoke that can negatively affect your health. If you’re not using your wood burning stove properly, you could be damaging your health, as well as that of your loved ones, without even realising it. Here’s what you need to know about wood burning fireplaces and how to decrease your risk. You’ll find that with the right fireplace, it’s easy.
What Are The Risks Involved With Inhaling Wood Smoke?
The smoke emitted from a wood burning fire can reduce the air quality in your home. This is because it contains small particles and gases that when inhaled in large quantities can be dangerous. These gases include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and benzene.
In most cases, people recover swiftly from smoke exposure, and long-term effects aren’t common. That being said, you should watch out for the initial symptoms and leave a smoky area or put out a fire if you start coughing, get itchy eyes or develop a runny nose. Long-term exposure to smoke can damage both the heart and brain, so don’t linger in smoky areas and make sure you find a way to combat the smoke emitted by your fireplace.
Who’s at Risk?
While anyone coming into contact with large amounts of wood burning smoke is at risk of experiencing ill effects, the smoke seems to affect children, teens, older people and people with lung issues in a much higher capacity.
First of all, you should ensure that your wood burning fireplace is installed correctly. If you’re moving into a home with a pre-existing fireplace, get a professional to come in and assess whether it was successfully installed or not.
The second thing you need to do is keep your stove, fireplace, and chimney clean. If left uncleaned, chemicals can build up in these areas and release unnecessary toxins in the air you breathe.
Thirdly, you should always have enough air flow within your home when you have wood burning, even if it’s just a window that’s slightly ajar. Never all your windows and doors completely.
As fireplace experts, Quadra-Fire puts fire safety as our utmost priority. We pride ourselves in performing safe installations of wood burning fireplaces and use innovative technology in our products to ensure that they cause zero damage to your family’s wellbeing.