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777 12th Street, Ste. 300, Sacramento CA 95814, US


Wood Smoke Awareness Training Exam

The following questions are based on materials presented in the Check Before You Burn Brochure. To pass the exam, all questions must be answered correctly. Incorrect answers may be changed until the correct answer is identified. The exam is not time limited.

Question 1. The Check Before You Burn season starts on the first day of ____________ and ends on the last day of __________ every year.
a. October, March
b. November, February
c. October, January
d. November, March

Question 2. Burning wood generates many air pollutants, including particulate matter. Particulate matter is a complex mixture that may contain ___________.
a. soot
b. metals
c. dust
d. All of the above

Question 3. Particulate matter, also known as PM 2.5, that is emitted from residential wood burning can cause serious health problems, including decreased lung function, aggravated asthma, chronic respiratory disease in children, irregular heartbeat, nonfatal heart attacks, and premature death.
a. True
b. False

Question 4. No person may have a fire or operate a wood burning device when a Stage 2 – All Burning Prohibited day has been declared, unless they qualify for one of the exemptions allowed for by Rule 421.
a. True
b. False

Question 5. In Sacramento County, wood burning accounts for approximately 50 percent of wintertime pollution.
a. True
b. False

Question 6. During the Check Before You Burn season you can check the daily burn status by which of the following methods.
a. visiting
b. visiting
c. calling 877-662-8765 (877-No-burn-5)
d. daily burn status emails through
e. on Twitter @AQMD
f. all of the above

Question 7. On cold winter nights with little or no wind, fireplace smoke ________________ where it becomes a health risk.
a. blows away
b. remains high in the air
c. remains at ground level
d. dissipates quickly

Question 8. On days declared Stage 1- No Burn - Unless Exempt, it is legal to use more efficient U.S. EPA certified fireplaces, inserts, stoves, or pellet stoves as long as they do not emit visible smoke.
a. True
b. False

Question 9. If you must burn wood, which of the following tips will increase efficiency and reduce pollution?
a. use an U.S. EPA certified device
b. use hardwoods
c. use seasoned firewood
d. all of the above

Question 10. Burning garbage, oil, treated wood, rubber, and plastics in your wood stove can increase particulate and toxic emissions.
a. True
b. False

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This confirms that you have passed the exam. Your Notice of Penalty is resolved and you do not need to take any additional steps.  If you have questions or need additional assistance please contact the Sac Metro Burning Information Line at 916-874-4244.