Gas stoves can make the air in your kitchen more polluted than recommended outdoor clean air quality standards. Burning gas releases nitrogen dioxide, small particulate matter, and carbon monoxide–all components of air pollution. Cooking on a gas stove increases kids’ risk of current asthma by 42 percent. Ventilation can work well to remove air pollution but only if the exhaust hood over the gas stove is strong enough, if it vents outdoors, and you remember to use it.
Once your stove is ready for replacement, your best bet is to replace it with an electric or induction stove. An induction stove cooks food faster than a gas stove, and temperature regulation is just as precise.
Andee Krasner of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and co-author with Rocky Mountain Institute of a report on gas stoves will present online about the health risks of gas cooking on Wednesday, May 18 from 7-8pm. We’ll also have testimonials of neighbors who use induction, and lots of time for Q&A.
This events is a collaboration of Energize Wayland with Green Lincoln, Energize Lexington, Jewish Climate Action Network, Harvard Energize, and Green Newton.