Monday is first Spare the Air Day of 2014

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its first Spare the Air alert of 2014, stating that the combination of high heat and low wind in Monday's forecast is a recipe for unhealthy air.

In such weather conditions, motor vehicle exhaust accumulates, creating unhealthy levels of ozone pollution. The Air District asks commuters to avoid driving and use alternate modes of transportation while the alert is in effect.

“By driving less and choosing commute alternatives such as carpooling or taking transit, we can lower air pollution levels in the region and in our communities,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District.

According to the organization, the pollution can cause throat irritation and congestion. Those with respiratory and heart conditions, children and seniors are most affected by ozone pollution.

In addition to carpooling or using public transit, the Air District urges Bay Area residents to exercise outdoors only in the early morning, when pollution levels are lower.

Residents can check the status of the Spare the Air alert at sparetheair.org, call 1(800) HELP-AIR, or download the Spare the Air app.

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