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Golden Air Quality October 12 to 19, 2018

Golden Air Quality Readings October 12 to 19, 2018 Slash burning on the west bench south of Golden contributed to particulate air pollution during the second week in October 2018. Monday and Tuesday saw spikes in PM2.5 even at the town air monitoring station near the hospital.The venting index looked good when these fires were lit, however there were many slash piles lit and smoke filled the valley for a time. Residents of the Town of Golden are reminded that to reduce neighbourhood smoke exposure, burning yard waste in backyards in town is prohibited by bylaw.

Air Quality and Health Forum Golden October 16 2018

    You are invited to attend a Public Forum on: Air Quality and Health in Golden Tuesday, October 16th  6 to 8 pm  at the Golden Senior’s Centre The BC Lung Association and the Golden and District Air Quality Committee is hosting a community forum in Golden due to the continued high levels of air pollution measured at the monitoring station in Golden.     Presentations on the health effects of wood smoke and how it is monitored will be given by: Sarah Henderson, Senior Scientist with the BC Center for Disease Control Donna Haga, Air Quality Meteorologist with the Ministry of Environment. Annette Luttermann of A.L.Ecologic in […]

Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program for Golden Extended for 2018

  The Golden and District Air Quality Committee is offering air quality rebates to residents of the Town of Golden and CSRD Area A to off-set the purchase of an EPA/CSA approved wood stove, or another less polluting heating appliance, to replace an old, inefficient wood stove.  Funding is provided by the Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program through the Ministry of Environment ($250 per resident). Additional funding is provided by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area A ($500 for residents of CSRD Area A only). The objective of the program is to remove smoky old wood stoves in Golden and area, and replace them with cleaner appliances to […]

Wood Stoves and Your Health

The BC Lung Association provides information about the health effects of heating with wood. Especially if we let our wood stoves smoke and smoulder, the air pollution created can harm us inside our homes and harm others in the neighbourhood. Residential wood smoke is caused by homeowners when they burn wood through fireplaces, wood stoves, chimneys or wood boilers (hydronic heaters). Wood smoke contains many small particulates that can be inhaled into your lungs and cause breathing problems. If you have a lung disease, it can make your lung disease worse. How wood smoke hurts human health Smoke is a complex mixture of gases and microscopic particles that […]

Are you burning your wood stove efficiently?

If you have a smokey chimney, read this document for some useful tips! Are you burning your wood stove efficiently

Firewood Tips for Cleaner Air

Make sure your firewood is dry this season! The sooner you get your wood in, the better chance you have of making sure it is adequately dry before you burn it this winter. Firewood requires at least 6 months of curing under dry conditions to be ready to burn. Wood should have less than 20% moisture content when it is burned. If the moisture content is higher, the heat output will be less, you will waste money and time, and you will produce excessive smoke when heating your home. If you have your wood delivered, make sure you buy wood that will be dry enough to burn this season. Ask your supplier for tips on how to […]

Wood Stoves Must be Burned as Cleanly as Possible

Smoke from wood stoves is air pollution that can lead to serious health effects for many Golden residents. Remember that if you are operating an older, inefficient wood stove that emits visible smoke, you are likely burning much more wood than necessary to heat your home. Smoke is essentially unburned and wasted fuel. Smoke represents an unnecessary loss of money and time for the homeowner.   You will save money in the long run, and produce less air pollution if you replace that older stove and burn it right by using the following practices:   1.     Observe your chimney regularly to see whether it is emitting excessive smoke.  You should […]

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