Skip the smoke.  Keep the fire.
Show UCAIR about Utah's air. Reduce wood burning but keep the flame alive with these alternative fireplace selections.

Did you know?

Burning wood creates health hazards and pollutes the air. Get the facts and reduce your wood burning for a cleaner, healthier Utah.

  • Wood burning creates fine particles—tiny, microscopic pieces of pollution that can enter your blood stream and cause breathing and heart problems.
  • Health effects include coughing, headaches, eye and throat irritation, asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes.
  • On bad air quality days (red or mandatory action days), wood fires are not permitted. However, households that use a wood-burning stove or fireplace as their sole source of heat are permitted to burn.
  • One fireplace can emit as much particulate pollution as 90 sport utility vehicles.
  • The pollution from one wood-burning stove is equivalent to the amount emitted from 3,000 gas furnaces producing the same amount of heat per unit (according to the California Air Resource Board).
  • The particulates in wood smoke are tiny and even doors and windows cannot keep them out. Up to 70 percent of the wood smoke that exits a chimney re-enters nearby homes.
Don't burn wood.