Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Importance of Using Dry, Non-Treated Firewood

Importance of Using Dry, Non-Treated Firewood

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) is reminding householders using fires for heating this winter to only use dry, properly split, untreated firewood.

RDC Group Manager Community Services, Margaret Hawthorne, said that for many Ruapehu families keeping warm over winter means lighting a fire.

“Council is concerned that there is not enough awareness around the importance of using well dried firewood and the dangers of burning treated timber,” she said.

“The quality of your firewood is a major factor in how your wood burner runs.”

“Green or wet wood is a major creator of smoke that as well as creating pollution also clogs your chimney.”

“It is also important to ensure that chimneys and flues are cleaned at least once a year.”

“If the glass on the front of your wood burner is coated in ‘gunk’ it means you are not burning your fire hot enough.”

Mrs Hawthorne said that buying good quality firewood can be expensive and when families are trying to keep their home warm there can be a temptation to use whatever wood is at hand including off-cuts of treated timber from building sites.

“Most construction timber in NZ uses pinus radiata which is typically treated with toxic chemicals such as chromated copper arsenic (CCA).”

“Because of the toxicity of CCA the burning of treated timbers is banned in NZ,” she said.

“Burning treated timber releases toxic fumes into the air and poses a health risk to anyone who may breathe the contaminated air.”

Mrs Hawthorne noted that using dry, untreated wood is especially relevant in Taumarunui that is located in an ‘air shed’ which traps the pollution under an ‘inversion layer’.

“The people most at risk from smoke pollution are those with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis, babies and young children, diabetics and the elderly.

“In order to minimise air pollution it is important that people using fires only burn dry, untreated wood that has been split properly,” she said.

“Banking up a fire with wood and damping it down overnight does not add significant warmth but greatly increases air pollution.”

“The best option is to keep a supply of kindling and dry wood handy to re-start the burner in the morning.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

Gordon Campbell:
On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable.

So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday to call for a capital gains tax, and to generally chastise central and local government for their inaction on a threat to the country’s economic health and financial stability.

That threat has been real for some time. The housing price bubble has already created a currency bubble... Undaunted, the government keeps calling this situation a success story. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Bangladesh: GCSB Dragging NZ Into Human Rights Abuses

The New Zealand government should stop providing intelligence assistance to Bangladeshi security agencies that are known to systematically engage in human rights abuses, said the Green Party today. More>>

ALSO:

Troops Heading To Iraq: Government Must Come Clean On Deployment

New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture of secrecy and unknown protections around the deployment.” More>>

ALSO:

Image: Strikers And Protestors Join Outside McDonald's

A group of protestors took to McDonald’s Manners St today as a part of the international fast food workers day of action to end zero hour contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Special Education Funds Not Spent

More than $32 million of funding for children with special needs has not been spent by the Government, despite families of children with special needs complaining for years that they’ve been denied the support they deserve. More>>

ALSO:

John Key: Pre-Budget Speech To Business NZ

So this Government will remain relentlessly focused on improving the competitiveness of our economy... We will continue to give businesses a platform to invest, grow and create jobs in the knowledge they will be backed by a clear and consistent government policy programme. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia: Andrew Little’s Response To John Key’s Pre-Budget Address

Labour Party leader Andrew Little spoke today on John Key’s pre-budget address this afternoon in Wellington. Little said National has had seven years to achieve a surplus and Kiwis have “fufilled their end of the bargain.” More>>

Surplus Baggage: Key Backs Off ‘Artificial Target’

John Key’s attempt to redefine his cornerstone promise of two election campaigns as an artificial target suggests his other promises are works of fiction, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On UE Pass Rates And University Dropout Rates

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach university... Unfortunately the two problems seem related. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news