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Season's first 'Spare the Air' day called for today

Temperatures expected to climb into triple digits this week

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare

the Air Day has been called for today.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the triple digits this week and little wind is forecast, so smog levels are expected to reach unhealthy levels.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to avoid driving alone on Tuesday and instead walk, bike, carpool or take public transit to cut down on pollution from vehicle exhaust.

In addition, residents are advised to avoid physical activity during the hottest parts of the day. Smog can lead to throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, asthma attacks and can worsen bronchitisor

emphysema, according to the air district.

More information about Spare the Air alerts are available at www.sparetheair.org/

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2015 at 9:12 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

What we know: This air alert is not because of wood burning fireplace's.

This air alert is called because of motor vehicle pollution. The BAAQMD called this alert, because people that have abused their lungs and bodies over the years have discomfort breathing motor vehicle pollution.

Data from the American Lung Association:

Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent emphysema and chronic bronchitis (COPD) deaths in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area are the result of tobacco, marijuana, and hashish smoking by those suffering from those illness's.

Along the way they infected heir children:

Tobacco smoking accounts for an estimated 20-30 percent low birth weight babies, up to 14 percent of preterm deliveries, and some 10 percent of all infant deaths. Even apparently healthy full term babies of tobacco smokers, have been found to be born with narrowed airways and reduced lung function.

In order to not cause inconvenience to those people that have spent a live time abusing their lungs and their bodies, with tobacco products and other illegal smoking junk, the population is asked to walk, bike, carpool and use public transit.



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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2015 at 9:52 am

Michael,

I don't know if anyone is even knows if these spare the air days. My neighbors have a nice fire outside each evening with a glass of wine. Another hard to enforce law.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

How about an adult male smoking in motor vehicle with windows rolled up and a toddler in the vehicle. I saw this event a couple of days ago in Pleasanton.

Could this, or should this be child endangerment, or could this, should this be child abuse?


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

@Michael - yep, that's totally wrong to be smoking in a closed car with kids, although my parents did it with me for years on cold days. It could be made illegal like talking using a cell phone while driving but I doubt the police would want to enforce it unless it's openly obvious.



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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Michael Austin: "In order to not cause inconvenience to those people that have spent a live time abusing their lungs and their bodies, with tobacco products and other illegal smoking junk, the population is asked to walk, bike, carpool and use public transit. "

No, bad air harms everyone. All you did was to point out the obvious fact that those who have abused their lungs and bodies the most will be among the first to suffer. The elderly will also be among the first to suffer. So will babies, whose lungs are not yet fully developed and are more affected by bad air conditions than the rest of us.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Time to get rid of those polluting wood fireplaces and install clean burning gas! Help those old and new lungs!


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Posted by so much for the liberal " SPARE THE AIR DAYS ". WASTE OF TIME
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Thanks to the fire near My. Diablo. Now that it's to late for so called clean air. Can I use my fireplace now ?


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2015 at 8:19 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Damon, thank you for that correction. I appreciate it very much.

I retrieved the press release I received from the BAAQMD, it did include seniors and infants in addition to those people with Hypoxia.

My opinion continues to be, that the BAAQMD is an unelected, out of control
Bureaucracy that must be reined in.


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