It seems like just the other day that the winter Spare the Air season ended. Now the summer season is upon us, as warm weather arrives bringing with it high levels of toxic ozone pollution.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is encouraging area residents to reduce their driving. The largest source of smog in the Bay Area is tailpipe exhaust, according to Air District officials.
“Reducing the number of cars on our roads remains the biggest air quality challenge we face in the Bay Area,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. “We are urging residents to re-think their commute and leave their car at home at least twice a week - take transit, work from home, carpool or bike to work instead of driving alone.”
When Spare the Air alerts are issued, it means ozone (smog) pollution is forecast to reach toxic levels. Smog is known to cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame lung lining and exacerbate the symptoms of bronchitis and emphysema, according to the Air District.
Daily air forecasts are available by signing up for email AirAlerts at http://sparetheair.org/, by calling 1-800-HELPAIR or by downloading the Spare the Air iPhone/Android app.