REMINDER: High Temperatures, Low Winds Lead to Advisory

May 12, 2014 · 4 comments

The Bay Area Quality Management District is issuing a Spare the Air Alert for today.

The alert, which is the district’s first of 2014, advises air quality is expected to be unhealthy today due to high temperatures, low winds and motor vehicle exhaust. These factors are expected to cause unhealthy ozone accumulation in the Bay Area.

The district issues Spare the Air Alerts when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels.

Smog can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain, can trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and can worsen bronchitis and emphysema, according to the district. It can be particularly harmful for young children, seniors and people with respiratory and heart conditions.

During an alert, the district advises outdoor exercise be done in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

1 . May 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Why not freeze all building of new residences in the nine Bay Area Counties as a way to ease pollution.

2 Rumplestiltskin May 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Oops too late, already BBQ’d chicken. Oh wait, cooking is exempt so I’m okay. That was a close one.

3 Bobfished May 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

No one cares about the air until the winter. Smog is a killer, its here in the summer and its here in the winter. BAAQMD will not try to slow down the burning of petroleum products.

4 RunDogRun May 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

@. Agree. Take the next twenty
years of development out of the
equation and the traffic it brings
with it off the roads and it would
do wonders.

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