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Spare the Air day on Monday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared Monday, Dec. 23, a "Winter Spare the Air Day," with the air quality in the Bay Area forecast to be unhealthy.

It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices on Spare the Air days. Homes without permanently installed heating are exempt from the wood-burning ban.

Research shows that smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.

For more information about the wood-burning rule, or to check before you burn, click here or call 1-877-4NO-BURN.

You can also call 1-800-430-1515 and register to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air alert has been called.

To see the current air quality forecast, go to sparetheair.org

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Posted by about time
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

From the Dumbarton Bridge, you can easily see the Bay Area air quality with your own eyes. Just look towards the horizon in any direction. For the past couple of days, the air has been getting browner and browner. I'm surprised they took this long to issue an air quality warning.

Please folks, use common sense. Don't light up on sunny days. If you must light a fire, do it only on rainy days. Your kids health is at stake. Thank you.


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