Burner Alert

Welcome to the UK’s first sensor-based alert system for wood burning stoves.
Fine particles emitted from log burners pose a risk to public health. Children, the elderly and those with existing health conditions are especially vulnerable. Considering that Sheffield has five hospitals, 103 care homes and 165 schools within its boundary, stove users can use the Burner Alert to check whether lighting a stove will contribute to already unhealthy levels of particulate matter air pollution.

How do I use it?

The three levels of burner alert align with the World Health Organisation’s 2022 guideline values for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution over a 24-hour period.

Burner Alert Guideline levels:

‘No Alert’ (Green) – particle pollution in this ward is well below guideline levels. Air quality is not currently unhealthy, although stove use may contribute to increasing levels in your ward.

‘Advisory’ (Amber) – particle pollution in this ward is approaching guideline levels. Please consider not lighting your stove, particularly if you have an alternative source of heating.

‘Burn Alert’ (Red) – particle pollution in this ward is already above guideline levels. Avoid lighting your stove unless you do not have an alternative source of heating.

Sheffield's Sensor Network

This burner alert system has been created by Rohit Chakraborty (University of Sheffield) and James Heydon (University of Nottingham) on the basis of recommendations made in their research . The data is from the Urban Flows Observatory, University of Sheffield. The system is jointly funded by the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham.

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