What is CBYB and Who Does it Affect?

Hi friends,

Now that we’ve turned our calendars to December, we can officially get excited because the holiday season is here! Did you know that we’re also in one of my other favorite seasons? That season is called “Check Before You Burn” or “CBYB” for short.

Check Before You Burn is a law created by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to help protect you, your family and your friends from the harmful air pollution that is caused from burning wood. The law restricts or prohibits wood burning between the months of November and February, if you live in Sacramento County or the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova or Sacramento. It’s important for your parents to check to see if it’s legal to burn wood before starting a fire in your fireplace or outdoor fire pit.

Check Before You Burn is important for all of us, including me, because the smoke caused by burning wood is extremely bad for our health!


There are a few things you can do this Check Before You Burn season that will not only help you and your family, but make me very proud of you as well!

  1. If your parents are planning on having a fire in your fireplace or outdoor fire pit, ask them if they checked first to see if they can burn. Three easy ways they can do that are by visiting, following @AQMD on Twitter, or downloading the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app for their smart phone.
  2. Never burn garbage or wrapping paper in your fireplace. It’s against the law. While it might make for an easy start to your fire, the smoke from garbage and wrapping paper is extremely bad for you.
  3. Don’t leave a fire burning if you are going to bed. This includes candles! Even if the fire is almost out, it’s still extremely dangerous. Always play it safe by making sure your fire is completely out.

This is a very exciting time of year. I want to make sure you that you and your family have the best winter ever, so I hope that you will follow my tips and make sure your parents ALWAYS check before they burn. If you have any questions about wood smoke or staying warm in the winter, you can email me at!

Your pal,



*Parents: For more information regarding Check Before You Burn or to submit an air quality complaint, contact the AQMD at 1-800-880-9025; or visit or