Don’t ban wood fires

Metro Vancouver offers a $250 exchange program when replacing an uncertified wood-burning appliance with a new, efficient one.

Letter writer J. Ralph is correct, “If smoke from someone else’s property invades my space I should be able to report it and have the fireplace shut down” (“Burning argument, The Leader, Dec. 6).

Smoke, usually from an open fireplace or non-EPA approved appliance, can and should be treated in the same way other actions not up to community standards are treated.

You would not hesitate to contact the authourities if your neighbour was responsible for excess noise at 2 a.m. You should also be able to contact the authorities if your neighbour subjects you to the smell of an inefficient smouldering fire.

Metro Vancouver offers a $250 exchange program when replacing an uncertified wood burning appliance with a qualifying wood-burning appliance.

As an advocate of the use of an EPA-approved wood burning appliance, city officials should act on a citizen’s complaint concerning others burning “household garbage and kitchen waste” and using non-qualifying wood burning appliance conforming with community standards.

The answer is not to ban all wood fires, and penalizing those who act responsibly.

 

Larry Miller

Delta

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

All Safe Surrey Coalition council members must ‘step up’ over ‘bad taste’ tweets, rivals say

Slate’s posts on social media in ‘bad taste,’ councillor says

After 40 years on the job, White Rock’s fire chief retires

From flood to fire, Phil Lemire has been at the forefront whenever disaster struck

Surrey sports groups grapple with refunds, registration, restrictions and more

‘Our biggest problem is going to be retraining the public because they can’t be there’

Low-cost bicycle repair shop opens in Cloverdale

Cloverdale Community Cycles starts up in church parking lot

First degree murder charge laid in South Surrey shooting death

Wayne Duncan, 46, was killed on Sept. 6, 2019

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

Abbotsford International Airshow opening 50-year-old time capsule

Bronze time capsule was put together to commemorate AIA as Canada’s National Airshow

Most Read