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Burning questions

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Burning things like rubbish, plywood or treated wood can give off toxic substances. What impact can these substances have on our health?

A. They can cause coughing, headaches, asthma attacks and cancer.

B. They can damage our lungs, liver, kidney and nervous system.

C. They can cause problems with our immune, developmental and reproductive systems.

D. All of the above.

Answer will be posted on 28 August 2019

 

Send the right answer + your address to cleanair@waikatoregion.govt.nz before 11.59pm on Tuesday, 27 August 2019.

 

Previous questions and answers

Question

Answer

How do you know if wood is too wet to burn?

A. It has been cut less than six months ago.
B. It is difficult to light and produces a great deal of smoke.
C. It hisses and sizzles when lit.
D. All of the above.

D. All of the above.

What is the most important reason why you should NOT burn things like treated wood, MDF or rubbish in your wood burner at home?

A. It often doesn’t smell nice if you burn any of these materials.
B. You don’t get a lot of heat out of burning things like rubbish and treated wood.
C. These materials give off toxic substances when burnt which can harm our health, environment and wood burners.
D. It is fine to burn these items.

C. These materials give off toxic substances when burnt which can harm our health, environment and wood burners.

Why is it important to burn dry firewood if you have a wood burner at home?

A. Dry wood gives off less smoke.
B. Dry wood gives off more heat.
C. Burning dry wood will help keep our air clean.
D. All of the above.

D. All of the above.

What should you NOT burn if you have a wood burner at home?

A. Wet wood or driftwood.
B. Treated or painted wood.
C. Plywood, particle board, MDF.
D. Rubbish (plastics, disposable nappies, magazines, wrappers, boxes).
E. All of the above.

E. All of the above. 

 

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