Today is first Spare the Air for ozone this year


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District today issued the first Spare the Air advisory for ozone in 2009 and is advising residents to drive less and reduce their energy use Monday.

Although air quality in the Bay Area is expected to be unhealthy, there will be no free transit and no wood-burning ban is in place, according to the air district.

This Spare the Air alert comes before the official start of the 2009 Spare the Air summer season, which begins in May.

Breathing ozone can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain. It can trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema, according to the air district.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 21, 2009 at 9:47 am

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My son told me that Amador Valley High School shut down their air conditioners on Monday to "Spare the Air". Great, let's torture our kids to "Spare the Air". Did that include the faculty lounge?

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2009 at 7:56 pm

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Isn't that against the law? If they did that enough and for a sustained period of time, I imagine they could be fined. Schools have to have proper heating and cooling systems, as well as lighting. I'm guessing that depending on the circumstance, it might not be a big deal, but with this heat wave that's insane. When a student gets heat exhausting in P.E. and then passes out in the next class is when something would be done.

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Posted by More gossipy nonsense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2009 at 6:51 am

Could we get the facts please before we start speculating?

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Posted by AVHS Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

I was at Amador to drop off something for my son at 1:30. 2 PG&E trucks were there trying to get things up and running from the Power Outage!! Not a shut down to save money. And yes it did include the facutly lounge...

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

Would be nice if the schools would recognize the health risks of having children (including those that are already compromised with allergies and asmtha) do PE outdoors on Spare The Air days. These days are typically very hot anyway, and the risk of heat stroke is increased. To make the kids do PE outdoors knowing full well that their lungs are still developing and that they have to breathe in the bad air is just plain wrong. Does anyone else feel this way? I had to get a note from my child's pediatrician just to get the child excused, my own note was not sufficient. The pediatrician's kids go to private school where they always have PE indoors on really hot and/or Spare the Air Days. Now that's good thinking. Most school districts only care about the State Standards and the work they have to get accomplished to meet them. It's time someone actually thinks about the effects on the kids.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Resident - I'm somewhat torn between my beliefs that "what doesn't kill them makes them stronger" and that their is in fact a growing problem with the quality of our air. Personally I don't think being outside for the hour or so of PE is going to be harmful to the development of our kids. I'm assuming that the PE teachers are tailoring the days activities to the weather as well, so on hot, stagnent, spare the air days I would assume the activities are not as demanding as on normal days. Your suggestion of teaching the class inside on these days is a good one though - assuming the space is available.

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