The Grand Portage Reservation is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota. The Air Quality Program has many ongoing projects in order to maintain healthy indoor and outdoor air. These projects include monitoring for regional haze and particulate matter, indoor air quality, invasive plant removal, public outreach, environmental education, alternative energy, and climate change.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Check your wood stoves!

With winter approaching rapidly many of you are busy putting up firewood for the coming season. The price of propane and heating oil makes wood more attractive, but be sure to have your chimney inspected for leaks and cracks, as well as having it cleaned, in order to be safe this winter. Burning hot fires rather than smoldering ones and using seasoned hardwoods can also help reduce creosote buildup that can lead to chimney fires.

Firewood should be stored outside to dry in order to reduce indoor moisture problems. Wood bark often contains a variety of mold spores that can take root indoors if the conditions are favorable.

A properly maintained, efficient woodstove can be an excellent source of heat, but every homeowner must be diligent.

Stay warm everyone, and don't throw your back out! (it is NO fun!)

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