Breathing smoke from backyard fires can be hazardous to our health.
Even though wood is natural, we need to be careful about burning wood. Burning wood can impact the health of your family and others around you.
Wood smoke is unhealthy, even at low levels, because it contains an abundance of chemicals, many of which are toxic and also found in tobacco smoke. Exposure to these chemicals can lead to both short- and long-term health effects.
Treating wood with chemical preservatives or pesticides lengthens its useful life and conserves trees, but some of the chemicals used in treating wood are toxic to people and the environment.