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First winter 'Spare the Air' alert issued

 

The first winter Spare the Air Alert in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for today (Monday, Dec. 19), officials with the Bay

Area Air Quality Management District said.

Wood burning both indoors and outdoors is banned for 24 hours for San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano counties because air is forecast to be unhealthy.

Smoke from wood burning is especially harmful to children and older residents and is linked to diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, according to air district officials.

Air pollution in the winter is caused mainly by soot from wood smoke, air district officials said.

It is illegal for residents to burn solid fuels such as wood in outdoor fire pits, fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves and other devices.

An exception is made for residents whose only source of heat is a wood-burning device, but that device must be government-certified and a pellet-fueled device that has been registered with the air district.

Open-hearth fireplaces no longer qualify for an exemption, according to the air district.

For more information about the Spare the Air Alert rules, residents can visit sparetheair.org or call (877) 4NO-BURN (466-2876).

— Bay City News Service

Comments

2 people like this
Posted by Breathe
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

No gas-powered leaf blowers allowed in Menlo Park on Spare the Air Days. Web Link
The BAAQMD just issued Spare the Air alerts for tomorrow and Wednesday, December 20th and December 21st as well.
Web Link

Please spread the word!


2 people like this
Posted by Particular Particulates
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Particulate matter kills those with bad lungs, especially children. No wood fires, please!


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