Spare the Air Day Alerts - Air Quality

What is Spare the Air?

Spare the Air is a voluntary air pollution reduction program sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).  On days when ozone (smog) levels are expected to violate state and federal health standards, residents are asked to refrain from activities that cause pollution.  If everyone makes clean air choices, the air will be healthier to breathe.

What can you do to Spare the Air?

Our combined efforts can go a long way towards improving air quality on smoggy days.  Here’s what you can do to Spare the Air:

  • Leave your car at home on Spare the Air days.  Try taking public transit, carpool, telecommute, walk or bike to work instead.  Cars are the number one source of air pollution in the Bay Area.

  • Don’t use gas-powered lawn mowers or leaf blowers on those days.  These tools create about 9 tons of air pollution per day!

  • Avoid using consumer spray products like hairspray and household cleaners.  Instead, try solids, gels or liquids.

  • Ignite your barbeque with an electric or chimney starter only - don’t use lighter fluid.

  • Refuel your car after the sun has gone down - and DON’T top off the tank.  Fumes from refueling add about 11.2 tons of pollution and spillage from topping off adds about 1.7 tons per day.

These are just some of the things you can do.  For more information, contact Bernadette Santos at (510) 642-6568 or visit

Thanks for helping Spare the Air!