Happy first day of the meteorological summer. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) announced its first summertime Spare the Air Alert for 2016. Because ground-level ozone is forecast to be at unhealthy levels tomorrow, the BAAQMD advises you to avoid “vigorous outdoor exercise” to limit your exposure, while also asking you to take one for the team when you “bike to work or around town” to help prevent smog.
A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Thursday, June 2 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high. To help prevent smog this summer, please: – Bike to work or around town – Take public transit – Telecommute – Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving – Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers – Reduce household energy use – Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue – Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower. To plan your commute online, visit 511.org. To monitor current air quality conditions, visit sparetheair.org Download the FREE Spare the Air iPhone or Android application at sparetheair.org for alert notifications, local air quality forecasts, podcasts and several tools to help reduce air pollution! This AirAlert is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air! Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. To find out how you could save money by using commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.