Spare The Air season is here!
Spare The Air teaches us how to improve our air quality and reduce dangerous ground-level ozone pollution, also known as smog. In the Earth’s lower atmosphere, near ground level, ozone is formed when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants, and other sources react chemically in the presence of sunlight. Ozone at ground level is a harmful air pollutant. For you and your parents, driving less will help Spare The Air during the summer months and reduce smog.
It’s important to remember that because we live in a valley, smog can get trapped on warm days when the wind is calm and it can remain trapped for days.
When ground-level ozone is going to be high, a Spare The Air alert is issued.
A Spare The Air alert lets us know that our air quality is going to be unhealthy, so we can plan ahead. On Spare The Air days, we are asked to reduce our driving to help reduce air pollution. It’s very important for sensitive groups such as children like us, our grandparents and people with health issues to avoid being outside too much, ESPECIALLY in the afternoon when temperatures and ground-level ozone pollution levels are their highest.
While air quality in the Sacramento region has improved over the years, there is still a lot of work to be done. There are many things we can do with our families to help keep our air clean, including:
- Avoid unnecessary car trips — encourage your parents to bring their lunch to work or to work from home when they can
- Ask your parents to have a plan when driving, such as doing all their errands in one big trip which will help save gas, time and money
- Plant a tree
- Shop at farmers’ markets for locally grown fruits and vegetables
- Walk, ride a bike, skateboard, or scooter, instead of driving
For more air quality information and Spare The Air tips, visit www.SpareTheAir.com, follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/AQMD, on Instagram at Instagram.com/SacramentoAQMD or “like” Scooter on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/ScooterTheSpareTheAirDog. You can also have your parents download the FREE, Sacramento Region Air Quality app so that you and your family can check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions whenever and wherever you want.