EHHI Wood Smoke Report
The Dangers to Health from Outdoor Wood Furnaces

News and Information about Wood Smoke

EHHI's wood smoke report calls for tougher regulation of outdoor wood furnaces. EHHI’s study shows that emissions from the OWFs enter neighboring homes at all hours of the day and night. Connecticut's local health directors can shut down wood burning devices if they are a public health nuisance.

Connecticut towns that have banned outdoor wood furnaces: Avon, Bethel, Cheshire, Clinton, Granby, Haddam, Hamden, Hebron, Norfolk, North Haven, Plainville, Portland, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Tolland, West Hartford, and Woodbridge.

EHHI’s Research Shows The Dangers to Health from Outdoor Wood Furnaces

How to Protect Yourself from Neighbors' Wood Smoke
Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) wants people who are harmed by neighbors' wood smoke to know that the only agency empowered to help them is their LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

Wood smoke that enters your property from a neighboring wood-burning device is considered a nuisance. Every state has a nuisance clause and most towns have a local health department. It is ONLY LOCAL Health Departments that have the power to shut down wood burning if it is harming neighbors.

Read EHHI's report on visits to local health departments

Recreational wood burning is growing, as are the complaints that follow it. The directive below is from the CT DEEP.

DEEP: How to Get Help When Your Neighbor's Recreational Burning Harms You

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