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Particulate matter harms your health
Particulate matter—in particular PM2.5 —caused by using inefficient stoves or failing to maintain them properly can lead to serious health issues such as:
- Heart Problems
Get the best from your stove
Whether you’re a stove owner or considering installing one, make sure you get the right advice.
What are we doing?
Clean air strategy
From 2022, all new stoves must meet “Eco Design” requirements. In response, the Clean Air Strategy has been set up, aimed at doing the following;
Decrease use of domestic solid fuels
The easiest way to reduce harmful pollutants is to burn less fuel! This can include burning on less days and not leaving a stove to slumber overnight.
Encourage use of more efficient fuels
By burning more efficient fuels, such as kiln dried wood, stove users will need to burn less fuel overall for the same heat and will release less harmful particles.
Decrease particulate matter released
As a result of using less fuel and burning cleaner fuels the particulate matter levels released will be reduced. Ensuring that the fuel is undergoing complete combustion also reduces the amount of particles being released.
Smoke control areas in Sefton
Some areas across Sefton are designated as “Smoke Control Areas”, these were selected as areas where air pollution should be monitored and the levels of pollutants emitted should be reduced.
Smoke Control Areas work by restricting the fuel types burnt and stoves which they can be burnt on within these areas.