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Posted on: May 3, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Spare the Air Alert Issued

A Spare the Air Alert has been issued in the Bay Area.

A Spare the Air Alert is in effect for Friday, May 3, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy today. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is changing the forecast issued for today and declaring today the first Spare the Air Alert for smog in 2013. Due to impacts from the Northern California wildfires, elevated temperatures and lighter winds than expected, the region exceeded the health standard yesterday and is forecasting a second occurrence this afternoon. Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use today and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.
To help prevent smog this summer, please:
- Bike to work or around town
- Take public transit
- Telecommute
- Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving
- Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers
- Reduce household energy use
- Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue
- Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray
High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.
To plan your commute online, visit
To monitor current air quality conditions, visit
Download the FREE Spare the Air iPhone or Android application at for alert notifications, local air quality forecasts, podcasts and several tools to help reduce air pollution!
This Air Alert is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air!

Spare the Air Website