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Free wood heating workshop in Kelowna

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April 02, 2017 - 11:42 AM

KELOWNA - If you have a fireplace, wood stove or other wood burning device, here’s a perfect event for you.

Receive a free gift, learn how to burn cleaner and save money by making your woodpile last longer at the FREE, ‘Wood Heating Workshop‘.  It starts at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 20th in the Rutland Activity Centre, 765 Dodd Road.

The first 20 people who pre-register by April 13th will receive a free wood moisture meter.

Get your questions answered and learn about proper wood heating and burning techniques, purchasing and preparing your wood, tips on loading the firebox and chimney care.  You’ll also find out what those EPA and Emission ratings mean and how to plan an effective wood heating system.  Plus participants will learn how they can save money and utilize rebates by updating and recycling their wood burning appliance through the Wood Stove Exchange program.

For more information and to reserve a seat and your free gift, email airquality@kelowna.ca or contact the Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator at 250-469-8408.

Central Okanagan Air Quality Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says “We’re holding this evening session in Rutland as a result of a monitoring study done throughout the Central Okanagan from November 2015 to April 2016.   It showed that specific neighbourhoods consistently had higher PM2.5 values than surrounding areas most likely due to wood smoke, traffic emissions and local meteorology.  The biggest hotspot was in Rutland, followed by parts of the Mission area of Kelowna and Woodsale area of Lake Country.  PM2.5 is particulate matter that’s less than 1/30th the width of a human hair.  It can go deep into our lungs and bloodstream damaging health by aggravating existing lung and heart disease, increasing the risk of cancer and reducing life expectancy.”  View the full report at www.regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

This free event is part of the ‘Wood Stove Exchange’ program funded through a grant from the Province of BC and BC Lung Association.


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