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Air quality officials issue 18th summer Spare the Air alert

 

An unhealthy level of air pollution forecast for the Bay Area on Friday prompted the Bay Area Air Quality District to issue this summer's 18th Spare the Air Alert.

Light winds and smoke from California wildfires combined with motor vehicle exhaust are expected to produce air pollution that can be especially unhealthy for small children, seniors, and people with respiratory and heart conditions.

Air quality officials issue a Spare the Air Alert when air

pollution is expected to reach an unhealthy level.

The level of air pollution expected can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema.

Air quality officials suggest residents and visitors exercise only in the morning Friday when the level of smog is lower.

The officials are encouraging everyone to travel by other means rather than driving alone. Residents are encouraged to buy an electric vehicle the next time they're in the market.

A list of commuter benefit programs is available at stacommutetips.org.

Residents and visitors can find out when a Spare the Air Alert has been issued by going to www.sparetheair.org , calling 800-HELP-AIR, downloading the Spare the Air app or going to the Spare the Air Facebook or Twitter pages.

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