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CBYB season recap: What we learned about CBYB

Hi friends,

Now that Check Before You Burn season is almost over, I thought this would be a good time to recap all of the important things we learned about CBYB, PM2.5 and ways we can protect ourselves from wood smoke.

  • Check Before You Burn is the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District’s wood burning law, and it’s in effect every year between November and February.
  • Check Before You Burn rules affect you and your family if you live in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
  • Wood burning causes more than half of winter air pollution in our area, not cars, which actually cause most of the summer air pollution.
  • Wood smoke contains invisible particles and gases that can have serious health effects.
  • Children (that’s you!) are the most likely to get sick from breathing wood smoke, because your lungs are still developing.
  • Smoke from your fireplace can get back into your house and your neighbor’s house even when doors and windows are closed.
  • “No Burn” days are called when the weather causes wood smoke to get trapped close to the ground. To protect your health and your family, it is illegal to use your fireplace on a “No Burn” day.

A big thanks to all of you for your help reducing wood smoke this winter! If you have any questions about Check Before You Burn you can email me at sparetheairscooter@gmail.com!

Your pal,

-Scooter

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Do you want to be Scooter’s Valentine?

Hi friends,

Will you be my Valentine? I could really use a Valentine (or a bunch) this year!

If you’d like to be my Valentine, here’s what you can do to make me feel extra special:

  1. From now through the end of February, make sure your parents check before they burn.
  2. Tell your parents to make sure your chimney gets cleaned.
  3. Try not to inhale any smoke – if you are sitting around a fire pit and the smoke is blowing toward you, move to a different spot.
  4. If you have a wood burning fireplace in your home, ask your parents to consider switching to an electric or gas fireplace. Here’s how to do it: http://www.sparetheair.com/publications/AQMDWoodStoveIncentiveProgramFlyer2016.pdf.
  5. Never burn garbage or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
  6. Do not leave a fire burning if you are going to bed – not even a candle.

You are all doing such a wonderful job helping me to reduce wood smoke pollution this winter! If you have any questions about Check Before You Burn you can email me at sparetheairscooter@gmail.com!

Your pal,

-Scooter