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Scooter’s Tips for Sparing The Air This Summer

Ways families can reduce their impact on our air quality during the summer months

Hi friends,

Not only do the summer months bring endless sunshine and outside fun, but they also mean that Spare The Air season is in full effect for the Sacramento region! Warmer weather can create higher levels of air pollution that are extremely bad for our health. Here are some of my best tips to help Spare The Air this summer:

  1. Find fun activities to do inside with your family. When air pollution is high, especially in the afternoon on Spare The Air days, the people most affected are the elderly, pregnant women, kids under age 14, and those with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. To protect yourself, head inside and whip up some fun arts and crafts projects, play some indoor games, watch a movie with your family, or find another way you can spend quality (and healthy) time inside with your favorite people!
  2. Turn off the lights! Make sure to turn off the lights and any electronics, like your TV, when you are done spending time in a room. Saving electricity not only saves your parents money, but it helps Spare The Air, too!GreenBulb
  3. Play some of the activities on my website! I could really use your help completing my word search, as well as use your help decorating my coloring pages. I’m not very good at coloring inside the lines…Use a gas barbecue instead of a charcoal one. Nothing beats a summer backyard barbecue, but did you know burning charcoal sends a lot of yucky pollutants into the sky? Make sure to ask your mom or dad to use a gas grill instead!
  4. Carpool with a friend to activities. Not only does carpooling lower the amount of cars on the road, you’ll get to spend even more time with your friends! Trust me, it’s a major bonus.
  5. Carpool with a friend to activities. Not only does carpooling lower the amount of cars on the road, you’ll get to spend even more time with your friends! Trust me, it’s a major bonus.

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For more air quality information and Spare The Air tips, visit www.SpareTheAir.com, follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/AQMD or on Instagram at Instagram.com/SacramentoAQMD. You can also “like” Scooter, the Spare The Air mascot’s 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 whenever and wherever you want.