2nd ‘Spare the Air’ called for Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Bay Area air quality officials have issued another Spare the Air day alert for Wednesday as temperatures continue to soar across the region.

Wednesday’s alert is the second one of the summer season. The high temperatures and light winds forecasted throughout the week are expected to lead to unhealthy smog levels, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The agency is again asking residents to help keep vehicle emission levels low by taking public transit, walking, biking, or carpooling.

“Tailpipe exhaust is the biggest contributor to smog so we’re asking Bay Area residents to leave their cars at home and find a better way to work rather than driving alone,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

Residents are also advised to avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of day, when smog levels are at their highest. Smog can lead to throat irritation, chest pain, asthma attacks and other health problems, according to the air district.

More information about Spare the Air alerts is available at http://www.sparetheair.org.

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