SCAQMD is helping Southern California residents find ways to reduce air pollution from wood-burning fireplaces. Wood smoke contains gases and tiny particles known as PM2.5 that lodge deep in your lungs and can be harmful to your health.

There are ways to make a difference. On this website, you will find the knowledge and tools you need to "burn clean".

Want to know exactly how wood smoke is harmful? Check out our video!

Check below for more information on how seasons affect air quality and steps you can take to help.


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Check Before You Burn Program

Colder weather is here and your fireplace is calling.  Did you know smoke from wood burning fireplaces could be harmful to your health?  Through the end of February, stay informed of when air pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels and residential wood burning contributes to a greater health risk.  Bad air quality can contribute to harmful diseases like asthma, lung disease and cancer in some cases.  Do your part to Check Before You Burn by taking the Check Before You Burn Pledge or by clicking on the "sign up" button above, completing the form, and submitting.  Additional information on the Check Before You Burn program, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Take the check before you burn pledge!

Summertime Smog Season

High pollution levels can affect your health and the health of your loved ones and it happens more often than you might think. In fact, during the 2017 smog season, Southern California had 140 days of unhealthful air quality!

The more you know, the better you can protect yourself and your family. SCAQMD's Air Alerts let you stay informed of the air quality in your area. The daily e-mail alerts are color-coded, giving you the information you need at a glance. Sign up today for an Air Alert designed for you. Customize your own Air Alert for your city and set the pollution level you want to keep an eye on.

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