To find out whether a Spare the Air Alert is in effect: Visit the Spare the Air website. Call 1-800-HELP- AIR , or 1-877-4NO-BURN (466-2876) for wood-burning bans. Download the Spare the Air app for iPhone or Android and check the air quality status on your smart phone.
What is the current air quality in Santa Clara?
|Air pollution level||Air quality index||Main pollutant|
|Moderate||63 US AQI||PM2.5|
When a Spare the Air Alert is called due to an unhealthy build up of fine particulate matter pollution, the use of wood-burning devices is prohibited indoors and outdoors. During colder months, concentrations of fine particulate matter pollution can rise to unhealthy levels in the Bay Area.
While fires for cooking are not prohibited during Spare the Air Alerts, consider public health and be mindful of air quality on these days. Consider using a gas or propane barbecue rather than a wood or charcoal-fired cooking device.
New Record: 23 consecutive Spare the Air Alerts worry Bay Area officials. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.
On a Spare the Air day , Bay Area residents are asked through radio and television announcements to reduce their driving, refrain from using gas-powered gardening equipment and curb other air polluting activities such as painting and aerosol spray can usage.
In the Bay Area , there are really only two or three pollutants that are present in concentrations high enough to show up in the daily forecast. Ozone – Ground-level ozone, commonly called “smog,” is the major summertime cause of poor air quality in the Bay Area . It’s an unstable molecule made of three oxygen atoms.
|Air Quality Forecast|
|Air Quality Index (AQI) 46 Good Health Message: None||Air Quality Index (AQI) 46 Good Health Message: None|
|AQI – Pollutant Details|
|Particles (PM2.5) 46 Good||Particles (PM2.5) 46 Good|
AQI values at or below 100 are generally thought of as satisfactory. When AQI values are above 100, air quality is unhealthy: at first for certain sensitive groups of people, then for everyone as AQI values get higher. The AQI is divided into six categories.
Burn only firewood Never burn household garbage, painted or stained wood , plastics, or chemically treated paper in your backyard fire. Not only is this practice illegal, it is also hazardous and dangerous to you , your family and to your neighbors. Yard waste should not be burned either.
Air district officials have issued a ban on fireplace use in seven California counties. The Air Quality Management District says burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces , stoves and fire pits is prohibited until midnight Monday. Wood-burning fireplaces are now illegal in California .
Spare the Air days are declared for days in which levels of ground-level ozone (a constituent of smog) are predicted to exceed the EPA’s federal health-based standard of 84 ppb, or an air quality index over 100. Barbecues are permitted on a Spare the Air Day , but are encouraged to reduce air pollution.
Except for those who have an exemption or waiver, mandatory curtailment days apply to anyone operating a wood burning device or lighting a fire in Sacramento County from November through February of each year. Legal to Burn : There are no restrictions to burn .
For over 100 years, it has been a popular destination for locals who need an escape from the city. There are plenty of fire pits available for use, the majority sitting between Stairwells #15 and 16, and #21 through #28.
What Is Spare the Air ? Spare the Air was created in 1991 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to alert residents when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy and to share information on ways to reduce air pollution.