Burn brighter this winter

GLENORCHY City Council has been working closely with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to identify suburbs within Glenorchy that may have significant smoke issues caused by wood fires.

As part of the “Burn Brighter this Winter” initiative, the council and the EPA recently placed air-monitoring stations in Glenorchy suburbs to determine if there were excessive smoke issues in the municipality.

A Burn Brighter this Winter stall was also up-and-running at Northgate Shopping Centre to provide local residents with information about how best to burn their wood fire without creating an environmental nuisance.

Council officers and EPA staff spoke with Northgate customers and supplied brochures that demonstrated the correct way to burn a wood heater to ensure they were getting the most efficient wood heating in their home.

The council has provided the following tips for Glenorchy homeowners:

Only burn dry, seasoned firewood.

Always burn with a flame – do not let your fire smoulder.

After reloading your woodheater, open the air control and burn the fire on high for 20 minutes, especially before going to bed.

Make sure you have a clean flue.

For more information about the initiative go to www.epa.tas.gov.au/epa/Pages/Burn-Brighter-this-Winter.aspx

Caption: From left, Glenorchy City Council environmental officers, Tracy Tavasz and Tara Patmore with Ellis Cox from the Environment Protection Authority at the Burn Brighter this Winter stall at Northgate Shopping Centre.

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