Friday, December 1, 2006

SF Bay Area Spare the Air advisory for December 1/2, 2006

http://www.sparetheair.org/ is a service by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) overseeing air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have a service where, by e-mail, you can get warnings of unhealthy levels of air poison (a.k.a. air pollution) so you can be forewarned to change your activities and hopefully reduce releases of poisons into the air.

Spare the Air Tonight, Friday, December 1, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The air quality tonight is forecast to be unhealthy. The Bay Area Air District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood in their fireplaces and woodstoves, and to drive less.

Winter air pollution is mainly caused by small particle pollution, or particulate matter (PM). The two major winter sources of PM in the Bay Area are residential wood burning and motor vehicles.

You can help reduce winter air pollution if you:

  • Do NOT burn wood tonight.
  • Postpone errands and link necessary trips
  • Use public transit whenever possible

This advisory is in effect for the next 24 hours.

There is NO free transit program during the winter Spare the Air Tonight season.