Charity calls upon individuals to use alternative, less polluting options for heating and cooking if they can
As concerns about their effect on public health intensify, advocates and health experts warn people with alternative heating options not to use their wood-burning stoves this winter. The Guardian recently estimated that wood burners triple the amount of toxic particulate matter in the home and even cause unsafe levels of emissions in the surrounding environment. Experts from the Asthma UK alliance and the British Lung Foundation advise people with wood burners to use them only if they have no alternative heat source. The study says that wood burners triple the unhealthy indoor air pollution. “We know that burning wood and coal releases particulate matter (PM2.5) – the most worrying form of air pollution for human health,” said Sarah MacFadyen, head of policy at the charity. For heating or cooking, it is therefore important to consider less polluting fuels, particularly if coal or wood is not your primary source of fuel. “So it’s important to consider less polluting fuels for heating or cooking, especially if coal or wood is not your primary fuel source. ”
According to government statistics from 2016, almost 16% of people in the southeast of England use wood as fuel, compared to 18% in Northern Ireland, and about 175,000 woodburners are sold each year. But an increasing body of research indicates that air pollution can affect any organ in the body, with results including heart and lung disease, diabetes, dementia, decreased intelligence and increased intelligence.
In the U.K., over a third of the local authorities are “We also need to see policymakers do more to raise awareness of the health hazards of burning wood and coal as part of a national health campaign on toxic air, so people can make the best choices for their own health and the health of those around them. “As part of a national health campaign on toxic air, we also need to see policymakers do more to raise awareness of the health risks of burning wood and coal, so people need to do more to raise awareness of the health risks of burning wood and coal. Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership medical director Nick Hopkinson said that both indoor and outdoor air pollution caused by wood-burning stoves causes significant health issues, from respiratory problems to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer. “To protect yourself and others around you, especially children who are at particular risk because their lungs are smaller and still developing, avoid buying a wood stove or using an open fire if you have another fuel source to cook and heat your home.”