In light of another Spare the Air day being declared for Friday, August 9, South San Francisco leaders are asking residents to do their part in helping to improve air quality across the Bay Area.
Due to warm temperatures throughout the region, a high concentration of ozone pollution is expected at ground level tomorrow, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
As a result, the City of South San Francisco requests that residents consider biking, walking or taking public transportation to work tomorrow, in order to reduce the smog emissions from cars.
And if driving is unavoidable, it is suggested that residents carpool, and run errands together in order to reduce the amount of car trips taken, said a city report.
"Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high," said the report.
The report also encourages residents to avoid:
- Using gas-powered lawn mowers or leaf blowers
- Lighter fluid to start a bar-be-que grill
- Spraying aerosol cleaners, paints and hairspray
As well, reducing household energy use can contribute to improving regional air quality.
Furthermore, children, seniors and those with respiratory or heart issues are encouraged to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during Spare the Air days, as they are under a higher health risk due to poor air quality.
Pollution levels are expected to drop during the early morning hours.
A Spare the Air alert had been issued for today, as well.
To find out more about Spare the Air alerts, click here.
-- Bay City News contributed to this report