Friday, November 7, 2014

It's time to 'Check Before You Burn' in Sacramento...

It's that time of year again...I had the first fire of the season just this last weekend. And as per usual between November and February, in Sacramento, I had to check the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District website - luckily it was ok to burn that day.

If you are not already in the habit of checking before you burn - you need to do it!

Sacramento County residents and businesses are restricted, or potentially prohibited from using indoor or outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, firepits and chimineas that burn wood, pellets, manufactured logs or any other solid fuel, when fine particle pollution is forecast to be elevated. And if you burn on a "no burn day" there are penalties. First time violations will result in a $50 fine or an option to complete and pass a wood smoke awareness course. Fines for subsequent violations are higher. Call 1-877-NOBURN-5 (1-877-662-8765) to get the daily burn status, check online, or you can subscribe to a daily "Air Alert" as I have, where the air forecast is emailed to you.

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