Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter
Send news

News tags

mental health  physical activity  earthquake  vacancies  families  public health  children  funding  poverty  health determinants  social  Community development  planning  employment  healthy cities  volunteers  newsletter  youth  volunteering  nutrition  employment opportunity  housing  alcohol and drugs  maori  community engagement  rebuilding  wellbeing  disabilities  Lectures  counselling  Training  earthquake recovery  sustainability  event  community gardens  Community  seminar  Awards  stress  Community Groups  mens health  research  arts  smokefree  culture  men  exercise  migrants  community event  education  environment  resilience  human rights  health  medical  business  sport  conferences  survey  mental wellbeing  Courses  obesity  elderly  support group  environmental health  healthy food  health promotion  violence  pacific health  resources  music  rebuild  women  race relations  meeting  gardens  workshop  services  leadership  forum  water  disabled  repair  transport  prevention  pacific  dance  fundraising  asian health  sexual health  inequality  markets  cancer  support  disasters  development  mindfulness  dementia  presentation  collaboration  health in all policies  Hui  data analysis  recovery  smoking  law  drugs and alcohol  technology  safety  cycling  Sleep  policy  justice  parenting  media  hearing  walking  land  neighbours  social justice  qualification  resilient cities  information  community connection  consultation  oral health  bullying  depression  youth empowerment  young people  activities  non-profit  charity  harm  NURSES  addiction  disease  Communication  alcohol  symposium  District Plan  advanced care plans  submission  anxiety  accessibility  Relationships  eating  economics  Design  Build  Advocacy  eLearning  falls  parking  energy  heating  insulation  advice  build environment  Expo  Parents  conference  Eating Disorders  abuse  waste  commuting  nominations  Matariki  webinar  weight  diabetes  workplace  Film  Climate Change  Tree Planting  solutions  urban  management  Fundraiser  economy  plan  restoration  Report  Vulnerability  welfare  parks  learning  awareness  emergencies  legislation  injury prevention  reading  Meeting Room  conservation  concert  language  refugees  recreation  vacancy  built environment  data  gardening  venue  drugs  urban design  Food  Legal Help  health lectures  Meditation  free talk  older people  finances  stop bullying  youth workers  suicide  heritage  gender  recycling  breastfeeding  conflict  anti-bullying  strengths-based  open day  public  health research  identity  Self Esteem  Psychodrama  networking  vision  Nursing  submissions  biodiversity  Due to a significant MSD Contract increase our Team is seeking four fulltime Family Support Workers (these are fixed term positions through to 30 June 2020).  Our Team is seeking two fulltime Children’s Team Lead Professionals based in Christchurch (these are fixed term positions through to 30 June 2020).  Due to a rural expansion of our MSD Contract our Team is seeking one fulltime Family Support Worker (this is a fixed term position through to 30 June 2020).  campaign  Trustee  promotion  partnership  Gut Health  diversity  therapy  older adults  sexuality  computing  Older Person  pollution  social work  providers  free resources  blog  gambling  residential care  Maori health  Pasifika health  screening  trauma  whanau  kaumatua  autism  Governance  treaty of waitangi  care  anger  mentoring  pets  relaxation  Professional Development  evaluation  active  pornography  exhibition  history  Testing  retirement  discrimination  vaping  allergies  administration  records  deaf  heart  equity  lockdown  grief  confidence  self-esteem  rural  homecare  hygiene  participation  aging 

Smoky chimney campaign from Environment Canterbury

Wednesday, June 12, 2013   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: environmental health, environment, pollution, air

Environment Canterbury would like to tell you about their campaign to help homeowners who have wood burners take responsibility for the amount of smoke they may be emitting in to the air this winter.

We all know that we have to meet National Environmental Standards for air quality which have been set by the Government and which reflect World Health Organisation guide lines for levels of PM10.

However, we also know that many of the complaints to the Pollution Hotline are about woodburners which are compliant as well those which are non-compliant. So as well as looking at the number of woodburners in the city, we need to focus on getting people to use their burner more efficiently so it is not adding pollution to the winter air.

Smoky chimneys are a concern since:

  • Smoke from home heating causes the majority of winter air pollution in Canterbury urban areas.
  • All chimneys make a difference to air quality. Everyone can make a difference and help clear the air.
  • Some people's chimneys smoke far more than others, but many people don't realise their chimney is smoky.
  • Cleaning up our air is a community effort. We can all play a part in helping our neighbours become aware of the issue and do something about it.

Find out more about the smoky chimney campaign on the Let's Clear the Air website.

Advice for People with wood burners in their homes

Environment Canterbury want people with wood burners to take ownership of the amount of smoke coming from their chimney. Many people whose chimney smokes a lot are not actually aware that this is happening. We want them to go outside, check out their chimney and then take steps to deal with the problem if it is smoking too much.

You can take the following steps to reduce the amount of smoke from your chimney:

  • Burn only dry seasoned wood.
  • Put rubbish in the bin, not on the fire.
  • Always burn untreated wood.
  • Don't damp down the fire before you go to bed.

You will know your fire is burning properly if:

  • When a fire is well underway, all you should see is a thin wisp of smoke or no smoke at all.
  • A low-smoke or no-smoke fire is one that is hot and burning brightly - a slow burning smouldering one produces lots of smoke. A hot fire will not only have less smoke, but will produce more heat and be more efficient.
  • Once you get the fuel right, you need to keep plenty of air moving through the fire, remember to refuel it before it goes out using wood which is dry enough and small enough to catch fire quickly. Don't fill the fire full of big logs or it will smoulder away and smoke a lot.
  • It is easy to do the right thing - but it takes some preparation and some work.

What to do if you have a neighbour with a smoky chimney

Environment Canterbury knows people are keen to help but want an easy way to let their neighbours know there is an issue.  There are several things they can do.

  1. Download a printable flier which they can drop into their neighbour's letterbox. This lets the homeowner know their chimney is smoking too much and gives five easy tips for dealing with the problem.
  2. Call the 24-hour Smoky Chimney Line on 080 329 276. All calls are confidential.

If you call the Smoky Chimney Line, Environment Canterbury will work with the homeowners to fix the problem and reduce the amount of smoke going into the air.

All households with smoky chimneys will be contacted and sent information to help them reduce their smoke.

Monitoring of chimneys will occur during winter

Teams of observers will be out in the evening in Christchurch from mid-June through the coldest part of the winter, looking for excessively smoking chimneys. The team will leave a leaflet in the letterbox with tips to reduce smoke.

Environment Canterbury officers will try to visit all these homeowners and talk them through the issue to help find a way to stop their chimney from polluting the air.  Officers will follow up these homeowners to ensure they are taking the appropriate steps.

If there continue to be complaints, then the usual enforcement process will be followed.  To date, most people have been willing to do what is required to solve the problem without the need to issue fines.

Organisations can also get involved in the smoky chimney campaign

Environment Canterbury would like businesses to encourage their staff and clients to check their own chimneys if they currently have a woodburner.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch