The weather outside may be frightful, but at least I can bundle up inside with my cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and hot cocoa in hand! These are just a few of the ways I stay warm during the winter, without using my fireplace. It’s important to remember that the reason we don’t burn wood in our fireplace 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 wildfire smoke. It’s like a mini wildfire in our home that pollutes inside our home and outside in our neighborhoods, which can make us sick with illnesses that make us cough or hurt our throats and lungs.