8 Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Actually Toxic

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Pay attention to wood smoke

Wood smoke contains some chemicals and gases, such as benzene, formaldehyde, acrolein, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), that can adversely affect your health. Smoke forms when wood or other organic matter burn. In this case, the solution is to burn wood efficiently to create less smoke, such as EPA-certified wood stove and dry, seasoned wood. 

Smoke contains some fine particles that can get into your eyes and lungs, which can lead to severe respiratory problems and burning eyes. It can also worsen asthma symptoms and trigger stroke, heart failure and heart attack. 

So, try to keep your kids, older adults and other vulnerable individuals away from wood smoke.

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