Air Pollution Department
Residential Burn Information
What is Residential Burning?
Residential Burning is the disposal of waste from a residence by burning it outdoors on the ground or in a container, such as a burn barrel.
How is it Harmful to Your Health?
Residential waste burning is a serious health problem for many people exposed to the toxic air pollutants found in the smoke. Immediate effects may include burning or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, and asthma attacks. Long-term effects may include respiratory disease, lung or immune system damage, cancer, and premature death. Infants, small children, the elderly, and people with ailments like asthma and emphysema are especially sensitive to the toxic compounds produced by burning household waste.