As Australians head again into winter, one group is asking for a ban on one of the vital beloved type of heating.
Asthma Australia chief govt Michele Goldman mentioned wooden hearth heaters may impression bronchial asthma victims to the purpose they required hospitalisation and will progressively be phased out.
“We have calls all the time during the winter months from people who are frustrated, feeling helpless, angry, because neighbouring homes are burning their wood heaters,” Ms Goldman informed 3AW.
“The smoke gets into their own homes – so it’s not even just about not being able to walk in the street – and it causes asthma symptoms, then you’ve got flare-ups and trips to the hospital.”
While the consequences might not all the time be seen, Ms Goldman mentioned wooden hearth heaters had been the biggest contributor to small particulate air pollution in the course of the winter months – regardless of solely being utilized by a small variety of folks.
Just 4.4 per cent of Sydneysiders burn wooden to heat their properties, based on Asthma Australia
Around one in 9 folks in Australia have bronchial asthma and smoke from wooden fires that may additionally have an effect on folks with different respiratory situations or persistent situations in addition to youngsters and the aged.
Ms Goldman mentioned wooden hearth heaters might be phased out by banning them from new builds in additional dense city areas in favour of “cleaner, safer alternatives”.
A subsidy already exists in Victoria, providing low-income households $1000 to interchange their previous heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle techniques.
“No one needs to be left in a situation where they can’t heat their home, but reverse cycle airconditioning is cheaper, it’s more environmentally friendly and it’s a healthier option,” Ms Goldman mentioned.
A examine performed final 12 months by Asthma Australia discovered most Australians would help laws to section out wooden hearth heaters.
Over three-quarters of these surveyed, or 77 per cent, agreed that wooden hearth heaters shouldn’t be allowed in city or built-up areas.