Smoke from residential wood burning appliances, open burning, vehicle emissions and road dust are significant sources of particulate matter. Particulate matter are tiny particles, not visible by the naked eye, but are the most serious air pollutant in British Columbia. They are inhaled deep into lungs and enter the blood stream. Inhaling these air pollutants can lead to serious impacts on organs such as the heart.
This poster, Wood Smoke: Facts, Myths & Misconceptions, is a useful resource about the health impacts of wood smoke on residents in the Central Okanagan.
Regional Air Quality Coordinator