Open fires and stoves burning wood produce tiny specks of soot known as fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, which can cause lung cancer, heart damage, strokes and asthma. Young children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. The problem has become even pressing in the past year, with numerous studies linking long-term exposure to PM2.5 to an increase in coronavirus deaths. Despite this, about 1.5 million UK households still burn wood in stoves or fireplaces, and more than 150,000 new wood burners are sold every year. Few rely on them exclusively to heat their homes; ownership is highest in southeast England where most properties are connected to the grid.
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