December 2019: Wood Stoves: Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter
- Wood stoves are a common source of heating for Montana households and need to be installed, used, and maintained properly to avoid safety and health risks.
- Improper burning or using older wood stoves can be a significant source of indoor and outdoor air pollution, putting children, older adults, or people with asthma or other respiratory symptoms, and cardiovascular disease at risk.
- Installing low-emission, EPA-certified stoves and following safe wood-burning practices can save fuel costs, improve efficiency, reduce emissions, and improve safety.
August 2019 - Focus On Air Quality
August 2019 - Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB)
- Algae are naturally occurring organisms in Montana's freshwater ecosystems. Certain types of algae, called cyanobacteria or blue green algae, can produce toxins that can cause illness in humans and animals.
- Blue green algae blooms can appear as grass clippings, green latex paint, pea soup, or be turquoise colored; avoid contact with water if a blue green algae bloom is suspected.
- Harmful algae blooms are increasing throughout Montana. Suspected blooms should be reported to environmental and public health officials to aid in early warning and prevention for others.