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 firstname.lastname@example.org!