Did you know that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year? That comes out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year. That’s a lot of hot dogs! Since today is National Hot Dog Day, I encourage you to eat a hot dog, or two, to celebrate. If you’re planning to join today’s festivities, here are a few tips I’d like you to remember:
Use a gas barbecue instead of a charcoal one. Using charcoal when barbecuing creates a lot of air pollution. Make sure to ask your parents to use a gas grill instead!
Buy hot dog toppings that are locally grown. Hot dog toppings are endless. If you like tomatoes, onions, pickles…try buying 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.
If your parents decide that cooking just isn’t in the plans tonight, but you still want a hot dog – deals for National Hot Dog Day are happening all around. Ask your parents to take you out to a restaurant where you can get a hot dog!
Walk, ride the bus or carpool to the store. If you are taking a trip to the store to purchase hot dogs to make at home, or you simply want to take advantage of the deals happening at local restaurants, try to get there using public transit or sharing a ride with a friend. The less we drive, the less we pollute the air!
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. They can use the app to check the current air quality conditions in the area.
If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see which events I’ll be visiting next!
Until next time!
Summer is here! School is out and many of you will go on vacation, head to summer camp or enjoy other outdoor activities that don’t require you to travel far. Despite all of the fun you’re going to have, it’s important to remember that CLEAN AIR IS UP TO US! Don’t forget to pay attention to air pollution levels and the Air Quality Index (AQI). Remember from my earlier post – the AQI is a chart that tells us if we can enjoy the outdoors as usual or if we should avoid any strenuous outdoor activities due to pollution levels being harmful to our health.
Whatever your plans are this summer, remember to be respectful of the air. Practice all of the different ways we can help reduce air pollution, both at home and during our travels. Here are some Spare The Air tips:
- Pack reusable items. Instead of buying travel size shampoo or conditioner switch to reusable containers for those things.
- Turn off the lights. Even if you’re staying at a hotel, turn off the lights and electronics when you aren’t using them. Even on vacation it’s important to save energy.
- Use reusable water bottles. Reusable water bottles are a great way to help the environment. Most places will have a FREE faucet or water fountain that you can use to refill your water bottle, so there’s no reason to go buy one at the store.
- Walk or bike. Cars release pollution into the air. Once you get to your destination – walk, bike or use the local public transit system to get around town.
- Recycle. Remember to toss your cans and bottles in the recycling bin, rather than the garbage bin. If you aren’t sure whether you should recycle a container or box, check the package for a recycling symbol.
- Don’t litter! Hold onto garbage until you find a trash can! You can do your part to save the environment by not throwing trash on the ground.
For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region.
You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.
Until next time!