The Spare the Air Program was established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in order to reduce air pollution and to alert the public when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy. The BAAQMD hosts both summer and winter Spare the Air programs to curb air pollution on high pollution days and evenings.
The 2017 summer program runs from May 1 through the end of October. During the summer months when ground-level ozone, or smog, becomes a pollution problem, the Air District issues Spare the Air Alerts.
On these Spare the Air days we urge residents to cut back on any activities that cause pollution - such as driving, using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, or household aerosol products like hair sprays. People who are sensitive to unhealthy air are advised to limit their time outdoors, particularly in the afternoon hours. Residents are urged to walk, bike, carpool, or take transit instead of driving alone, not just during Spare the Air Alerts, but regularly in order to reduce overall pollution.
To learn more about simple actions you can take to prevent air pollution and to sign up for email notification of Spare the Air Alerts, visit www.sparetheair.org or call 1-800-HELP-AIR (800-435-7247). Information is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese at www.sparetheairnow.org.