My neighbour uses a wood stove to heat his house. Thick wood smoke comes from the chimney 24-7. It is 30 feet from my house. I've just moved in (dec 15th) and my breathing has been very bad. I have asthma and have had to increase my meds, altho I am still not breathing well. I live in southern ontario, in a large municipality, that has no bylaws about wood smoke from inside a home. I dont know what to do. The smoke is ruining me.
I feel like a person has the right to do as they please in their own house, but I also think I have the right to be able to breathe. Wood smoke is a real problem for me. I have never sneezed and coughed so much as I do living here. I just don't understand why some people think it's ok to burn wood 24/7 in a city where your neighbours are close by.
If I played loud rock music even for a few hours my neighbours would call the police and complain and they would come out and make me stop, or give me a ticket. There are things you just can't do when you have neighbours. Why is thick wood smoke allowable? It pollutes the whole street but seemingly people are "allowed" to carry on.
Does anyone have any experience with such an issue? Any advice on what I can do? The occasional winter fire is one thing, but wood heating in a large city is just rude and inconsiderate. I am surprised the city has no bylaw, but they dont. And please dont respond with "move" because I just bought this house and now that the economy has turned I won't find another mortgage anytime soon.