REGIONAL (KRON) — The third consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday due to unhealthy ozone accumulation forecasted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
The alert is prompted by the combination of triple-digit inland temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust, which creates unhealthy air conditions in the region.
Wednesday’s Spare the Air alert is the 11th of the summer season, according to the air district.
Smoke from the fire in Soberanes in Monterey County is also expected to impact the Bay Area’s air quality over the next several days, officials said.
“It’s important that residents take precautions to protect their health by avoiding outdoor activities, especially when they can smell smoke, and avoid driving to reduce overall pollution,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.
Ozone, also known as, smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain and worsen bronchitis and emphysema, among other health problems, according to the air district.
The public is encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take public transit instead of driving alone.
A list of commute programs available are accessible online at http://www.stacommutetips.org
Bay City News contributed to this report.