Excessive smoke from wood heaters that aren't correctly installed and operated is a major contributor to air pollution
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The Wood Smoke Reduction program helps local councils manage smoke emissions from wood heaters in their area and reduce pollution. It is run by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
Wood heaters can be a convenient and economical way to heat your home. However, excessive smoke from wood heaters that aren't correctly installed and operated is a major contributor to air pollution. This pollution can be seen as a brown haze during winter. Wood smoke contains particles and other toxic gases.
Workshops train council officers in:
- enforcement options for dealing with excessive wood smoke
- planning measures for better management of wood heater installation in a local Government area
- community education programs to encourage proper use of wood heaters.