In areas like the Adelaide Hills, wood smoke can strongly influence air quality. It is therefore very important for residents to know the best ways to heat their homes in winter using solid fuel or wood heaters.
Smoke from solid fuel heaters can have considerable health impacts. When wood is burned correctly is is quite safe, but when incorrect fuel or incorrect use of heaters causes excessive smoke, the air becomes contaminated with chemical components that are harmful to human health.
For more information about using your solid fuel heater, including tips on reducing wood smoke pollution, see the EPA website.
You can also download the EPA's helpful booklet Burn Better for good for five simple steps to keep your home fire burning better.