PM and wood smoke fast factsPM and wood smoke fast facts2015-10-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#9ce34380-a759-4725-91fd-ec3f80a85606;L0|#09ce34380-a759-4725-91fd-ec3f80a85606|Issue 14;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassE73923A4EF8D410C9E69AF7FD520703F"><ul><li>Particulate matter (PM) is made up of tiny solid or liquid particles that float in the air.</li><li>PM<sub>2.5</sub> is the symbol for particulate matter that is 2.5 microns in diameter.</li><li>10,000 microns fit into one centimeter. So 2.5 microns is 0.00025 centimeters, about one-fifth the width of a human hair.</li><li>Particles in the PM<sub>2.5</sub> size range are able to travel deep into our lungs and even into our bloodstream.</li><li>Exposure can cause short-term health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath, and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.</li><li>Wood-based home heating is the largest source of <a href="/services/air-quality/AirQualityPublications/PMFactsheet.pdf" target="_blank">fine particulate matter</a> emissions in our region.</li><li>Metro Vancouver measures particulate matter levels at <a href="" target="_blank">several air quality monitoring stations</a>, runs a woodstove exchange <a href="/services/air-quality/projects-initiatives/Pages/wood-stove-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">rebate program</a>, and provides clean burning tips <a href="/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/air-quality/factors/tips-burning-smart/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</li></ul></div>0