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The Eighth 'Spare The Air' Day Declared For Wednesday

Air district urges residents to drive less; no wood burning allowed.

The eighth "Spare the Air" day of the season was announced for Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) announced today. 

Officials are expecting high levels of unhealthy air, and are urging local residents to drive less and reduce energy use all day. The alert includes a wood burning ban. There is no free public transit.

"We are forecasting unhealthy air quality this week due to high temperatures and light winds,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District.  “As hot weather returns to the Bay Area, it’s important that residents continue to do their part to reduce pollution, by carpooling, taking public transit, going easy on energy use and making other clean air choices.”

Here's a suggested list of "simple things the public can do to make clean air choices every day," according to a BAAQMD press release:

  • Bike to work or around town
  • Use public transit
  • Work at home or 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 barbecues
  • Avoid using aerolsol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray

 For more information about Spare the Air, visit www.sparetheair.org.

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