Who Is Most at Risk from Wood Smoke?

Wood smoke can affect everyone, but the people known to be at greatest risk from wood smoke include: children, the elderly, people with lung disease (including those with asthma or COPD), and people with heart disease. Research also indicates that those...

Wood Smoke and Asthma

When the weather outside turns colder, as it has here in Pittsburgh this month, there’s nothing cozier than a warm, crackling fire in your fireplace. A wood-burning fire in your fireplace, however, can cause health problems, especially if you or a family member has a...

Health Effects of Wood Smoke

Wood smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you. The biggest health threat from wood smoke is from its fine particles. These fine particles in wood smoke are also known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5. These microscopic particles can actually get into...

What Is Wood Smoke?

Wood smoke forms when wood or other organic matter burns. Wood smoke is actually made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles, some of which are small enough to enter your lungs.  In addition to particle pollution, wood smoke can contain some toxic...