The Bay Area Air Quality Management District established the Spare the Air program to educate residents about the effects of air pollution and encourage actions to improve air quality in the Bay Area.
The Spare the Air program was established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in 1991 to reduce air pollution and provide advance notice when a "Spare the Air Alert" is in effect. The Air District declares Spare the Air Alerts on days when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy.
The Spare the Air program has two seasonal components that educate residents about the effects of air pollution and encourage them to take action to improve air quality in the Bay Area.
During the summer months, ozone pollution, or smog, can become a health problem in the Bay Area. In the summer, the Spare the Air program notifies residents when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy, and urges residents to drive less and reduce activities that contribute to smog.
During the winter months, concentrations of particulate matter, or soot, can reach unhealthy levels. The Winter Spare the Air program notifies residents when soot levels are anticipated to be high. When unhealthy air is forecast, the Air District will issue a Winter Spare the Air Alert which prohibits burning wood, firelogs or pellets in fireplaces, woodstoves, or outdoor fire pits.
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