Scooter Hot Dog Day

National Hot Dog Day (July 19th)

Hi Friends,

Did you know that Americans buy more than 837 million packages of hot dogs a year? That’s a lot of hot dogs! If there was ever a day to contribute to that number, it’s today – because it’s National Hot Dog Day! If you are planning to join in on today’s festivities, here are a few tips I’d like you to remember:

Walk, ride the bus or carpool to the store. If you don’t have hot dogs at home and need to go buy some, try to get there using public transportation or sharing a ride with a friend. The less we drive, the less we pollute the air!

Use a gas barbecue instead of a charcoal one. Nothing beats barbecued hot dogs, but it’s important we barbecue in a way that doesn’t pollute our air. Avoid using charcoal when barbecuing because it creates a lot of air pollution. Make sure to ask your mom or dad to use a gas grill instead!

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Buy hot dog toppings that are locally grown. Tomatoes, onions, pickles … hot dog toppings are endless! If you like more than just ketchup on your hot dog, try to buy toppings that are locally grown. When we buy local products, we help reduce air pollution because fewer trucks have to deliver food to our area from far away.

For more air quality information, browse my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. You can use the app to check the air quality index to determine if it’s safe to barbecue!

If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next!

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

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Scooter’s 4th of July Tips

Hi Friends,

It’s the 4th of July, also known as America’s birthday. If you’re like me, you’ll be celebrating today with a BBQ, lots of swimming and fireworks. While today is certainly going to be fun, let’s go over a few tips to make sure we still do our part to reduce air pollution – because, after all, it’s our country’s birthday!

Barbecue smart. Don’t use charcoal lighter fluid. It sends a lot of yucky pollutants into the sky. Ask your parents to use an electric or chimney briquette starter or better yet, use a propane grill.

Use liquid sunscreen. Sunscreens that come in lotion form are way better for the air than sprays because they don’t have the chemicals that come out of the bottle when you spray it on. This is true for most spray products. In fact, whenever you have a choice between lotions and sprays for any product, always choose the lotion.

Recycle. Always, always, ALWAYS recycle when you can. Recycling is the number one way we can help protect our planet. When you’re finished with your drink, make sure to recycle it if it’s a bottle or can.

For more air quality information, browse my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. For help downloading the app, check out my tutorial videos. You can also check my calendar to see where I’ll be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter