Everyone deserves clean air to breathe. Breathing polluted air can lead to respiratory (lung) and cardiovascular (heart) problems. Certain groups of people, such as children and the elderly, are especially vulnerable.
Wood smoke contains lots of fine particles called particulate matter. Home fires are responsible for about 80% of all particle air pollution produced in the region.
Learn about the rules that apply to wood burners and how to become a better burner.
There are a wide range of pollutants in traffic emissions – we use nitrogen dioxide as the main indicator of traffic-related air pollution. Around 95% of nitrogen oxides produced in the region comes from traffic.
If you are being affected by unpleasant or excessive amounts of chimney smoke we will happily provide some targeted advice. Please call our Environmental Hotline 0800 496 734. This will be followed up by a member of our Environmental Regulation team. You may also wish to contact your local authority who may have bylaws or other legislation to deal with this.