Physicians group targets fireplaces and fuel burning stoves

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

The state operates a registry of people who have wood stoves or fire places as the only way to heat their homes, and they are exempt from state "no-burn" days. Both Kelly and Moench said there are groups exploring ways to make it economically feasible for that population to convert to electrical or natural gas heating systems.

As far as the rest of the population goes, Moench said the Wasatch Front's notoriously unhealthy inversion periods are a signal that the ambience of a wood-burning stove or fireplace is no longer a good enough reason to strike a match.

"What we are really trying to accomplish is to transform people's attitudes and get people thinking that this is inappropriate as secondhand smoke," he said.

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