Much has been
said, especially from the manufacturers of wood burning appliances,
that wood burning is safe. Not so! Wood smoke is very toxic.
has been dealt with and yet wood smoke, which is far more dangerous,
remains in our air with little that can be done without help from
Wood smoke, as I
have personally found out, cannot be kept out of one's home. The
particulate matter is so small that it comes in through even tiny
spaces in doors, windows and ventilation systems.
No resident should
have to beg to have fresh air to breathe in their own home. Legal
action is both time-consuming and expensive. Many municipalities are
now dealing with residential burning, knowing that they are
protecting the health of their residents and future generations.
Effective enforcement, when
a complaint is called in, is key to solving the problem of
surrounding neighbours being subjected to the smoke and emissions
from residential wood burning.
My suggestion is
that the first complaint be dealt with by a warning, the second
complaint by a fine and each successive complaint receives an
escalating fine. This would put the onus on the burner to either
burn properly, keeping the noxious smoke from invading surrounding
neighbours, or find that wood burning is too expensive to continue.
enforcement of a bylaw such as this, it would be a very inexpensive
way for municipalities to spare the air for their residents and show
that they understand that residents need to be protected from smoke
invasion in their homes and properties.