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 contribute to that number by eating 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. Remember it’s important we barbecue in a way that doesn’t pollute our air. 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 transportation 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. 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 which events I’ll be visiting next!
Until next time!