The campaign is meant to inform people about the dangerous effects of air pollution on health and ask residents to drive less to reduce pollution when a Spare the Air alert is issued. Between May – October, residents are encouraged to pay attention to daily air quality forecasts and make adjustments to their day’s activities when the pollution levels become high.
A Spare the Air alert will be issued when ground-level ozone (smog) is forecasted to meet or exceed 126 on the Air Quality Index (AQI) with higher AQI numbers meaning there is a more pollution and a greater health risk.
The SMAQMD has developed a tool kit
for cities to use that cities can use to advertise the campaign and educate their citizens about air pollution. More information about the Sacramento region’s air quality can be found on www.sparetheair.com