CHECK BEFORE YOU BURN! www.sparetheair.org or 1-800 HELP AIR
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Winter Spare the Air is in effect from November to February. Check before you burn! See the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Sparethe Air page or call 1-800-HELP AIR.
For questions about WINTER SPARE THE AIR call the Bay Area Air Quality Management District: 415-749-4900.
The District also operates a toll-free line for daily air quality forecasts, Spare the Air advisories, agricultural burn day information, and informational requests at 1-800 HELP AIR.
From November to February, particulate matter especially particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller in size (PM2.5) can become a problem in the Bay Area. To protect public health, the Air District will issue a Winter Spare the Air Alert when PM2.5 concentrations are expected to be unhealthy. When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, burning wood, firelogs, or pellets in your fireplace or woodstove is illegal. Wood burning produces about one-third of the particulate pollution on a typical winter night.
See the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Winter Spare the Air page for more information.