Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area Tuesday


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday because of a high-pressure system producing clear skies, light winds and high inland temperatures.

This is the fifth such alert so far in 2015, according to air district officials.

The hot weather is expected to result in smoggy conditions throughout the region, according to air district executive director Jack Broadbent.

"Motor vehicle exhaust is the number one source of smog-forming pollution, so we're asking Bay Area residents to share rides, take transit, bike or walk to help keep pollution levels down," Broadbent said in a statement.

Smog can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain. It can also trigger asthma by inflaming the lining of the lungs, and exacerbate other respiratory conditions like bronchitis or emphysema, according to air district officials.

Nearly 40 percent of smog pollution in the Bay Area comes from passenger vehicles, air district officials said.

— Bay City News Service


3 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2015 at 10:17 am

Looking at the 5 day pollution forecast, I expect high pollution levels and Spare The Air days all week. Are our local schools being proactive about this and cancelling outdoor PE on high pollution days? Web Link

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Posted by If Only
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

If Only PE teachers would honor the Spare the Air days. A lot of them, if not most of them, make the kids exercise outdoors, breathing the smog deep into their lungs.

If only employers would let people take Spare the Air days off, like they did in L.A. In the Sixties.

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