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Scooter’s options for staying warm without burning wood!

Hi Friends!

Last month we learned about Check Before You Burn, why burning wood is bad for our health and how we can check to see if it’s okay to burn. This month I’m going to share with you some easy ways you can stay warm, and warm up your house, WITHOUT burning wood.

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Your fan usually moves in a counter-clockwise direction which creates cool air. However, switching your ceiling fans to a clockwise direction pushes the warm air that’s risen to your ceiling back down, making you feel warmer!

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Use draft guards. Roll up a towel or blanket and place one at the bottom of each door that leads outside. This will help keep cold air from sneaking into the house.

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Consume warm foods/drinks. Drink hot chocolate or apple cider, and eat lots of soup to warm up your body.

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Wear a blanket. I think we all know this one, but there really isn’t a better way to stay warm that wrapping yourself up in a big cozy blanket!

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It’s important to remember that the reason we don’t burn wood on NO BURN days isn’t just to protect the environment, but our health as well. Wood smoke is bad for our health because it contains many of the same chemicals that are in cigarettes. It can make us sick with illnesses that make us cough or hurt our throats and lungs.

If you use any of these helpful tips this winter, post a picture on my Facebook page of you and your family ”in action” and you’ll have a chance to win a family four-pack of FREE movie tickets!

Be sure to check back next month to find out what you should do when you see other people burning wood on NO BURN days.

Your pal,

-Scooter