Third Straight Spare the Air Alert Issued for Wednesday

May 13, 2014 13:24 pm · 6 comments

A third consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Wednesday, air quality officials said today.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality, issued the alert for Wednesday because of a prolonged stretch of high temperatures and low winds.

The weather conditions combined with motor vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy ozone pollution in the Bay Area, district officials said.

“The onoing heat wave is expected to create unhealthy air quality through this week,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.”

“To reduce air pollution that creates summertime smog and congestion on Bay Area roads, it’s crucial that commuters find a better way to work than driving alone,” Broadbent said.

Residents are encouraged by the air district to walk, bike, carpool or take public transit to school or work instead of driving alone.

There is no free transit offered Wednesday and no wood burning ban is in place, district officials said.

To find out if a Spare the Air alert has been issued, people can visit, call (800) HELP-AIR, download a Spare the Air smartphone app or connect with Spare the Air on Facebook or Twitter.

Gee, NOBODY saw this coming. May 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I think I’ll have a huge wood fire tonight, after I drive my big diesel truck home from work, 50 miles, in stop and go traffic, all alone.

Bobfished May 13, 2014 at 3:03 PM

During summer STAD’s you can still do whatever you want. Burn wood, have a BBQ, mow you lawn, drive round town…. Now if it was winter you would have thousands of people including the media and the BAQQMD running around trying to fine people for burning wood! If you think burning wood is worse than producing smog then you are not informed. Read the effects of smog from the BAAQMD then make a sign and go stand on the freeway over pass and let those folks know how they are effecting your life.

Bobfished May 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

99.9% of the pollution in the bay area today is caused by the production and burning of petroleum products.
Refineries at 100%
Autos: millions
If you used a petroleum product today then you contributed to the paragraph below.

“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.”

MikeT May 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I promise to pay the same amount of attention to this SPA day as I have to the last 100 or so…….that would be a big ZERO

Anderson May 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

If they really want to reduce commuter traffic, they need to offer free transit usage. Otherwise these announcements are just a bunch of hot air.

macawlady May 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Yes, the free bus rides on Spare The Air days….wish they still had ’em! I definitely took advantage of those. Although, sitting at a bus stop in 100 degree heat wasn’t much fun. A lot of sunscreen and plenty of Slurpees are required.

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