Air Quality - News and Tips

Practical guide on open fires and wood-burning stoves by Defra

Open fires and wood-burning stoves have risen in popularity over recent years. This means we now see more smoke from chimneys which has a negative effect on our air quality. This leaflet provides simple steps on:

  • maximising efficiency, meaning you burn less fuel
  • reducing maintenance costs
  • keeping chimneys in a better condition

What is air?

Air is one of the essential components of life. It is a mixture of gases and small particles which vary in composition.

Pie chart showing the main components of air

The balance of these gases is affected by man's activities and it is when this balance is shifted or the air contains a substance which may be harmful to health or the environment that it is termed 'polluted'.

In this section you can find out about the following:


If you have any queries on the work of Health and Environmental Services on Pollution Control or Air Quality, contact:

Air Quality services via email

For air pollution incidents or complaints contact

or call our dedicated number on 03450 450 063.

Below is our address:
Health and Environmental Services
South Cambridgeshire District Council
South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
CB23 6EA

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