A new survey has found four in ten (40%) of Brits think they will be more likely to use their open fire or stove this winter compared to previous years, as more expect to be spending more time at home.
However, the data also reveals nearly half (49%) of users are unaware that without following some simple steps, burning solid fuels could have a negative impact on their health.
As the days shorten, over a third (34%) of people like an open fire or log burner to improve the aesthetics and cosy ambiance of their home. Yet two thirds (65%) admit to burning materials detrimental to air quality and health such as wrapping paper, household plastic and furniture.
The research, of over 2,000 people, found that nearly one in five (19%) believe wood burners and coal fires are the most environmentally friendly ways of heating their home. In fact, domestic burning is a major contributor of harmful fine particulate matter (e.g. smoke, dirt, dust, grit) emissions in the UK.
To help reduce emissions and improve people’s health, the ‘Burn Better’ campaign is appealing to those with a wood burning stove or open fire in their homes to act now and follow some simple steps to improve air quality.
Better practices such as properly drying fresh cut wood or servicing the stove and chimney regularly make a real difference to the air we breathe in the home. Using better fuels also results in more heat, as well as less smoke and less soot – which is a more pleasant experience for the householder, and reduces maintenance costs.
The ‘Burn Better’ initiative is supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Solid Fuel Association and HETAS, the solid fuel and safety standard organisation.