Monday is a SF Bay Area Spare the Air Day, and why it matters

Many people with spinal cord injury (SCI) suffer from some form of chronic pulmonary insufficiency (ongoing breathing trouble), according to a presentation made at an SCI Connections presentation made earlier this year. For those of us who have spent time in the hospital dealing with SCI, it is well known that some people suffering from SCI spend the rest of their lives on a ventilator. Vent dependent people need to be particularly protective of their respiratory health.

On a “Spare the Air Day,” the air quality is poor enough that it presents a hazard to anyone with breathing problems, including many of us whom live with SCI.  It turns out to be pretty easy to be notified in advance of most “Spare the Air” days. If you get most of your news from the radio, then you will find out about them during the local weather or traffic updates.  If you get your news from the TV …
then be sure to catch a local weather update. And you get your news from the Internet, then you can look here or you can go directly to the source at the website.

According to the people at,

“..Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.
To help prevent smog this summer, please:
– Bike to work or around town
– Take public transit
– Telecommute
– Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving
– Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers
– Reduce household energy use
– Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue
– Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray…*

There are many ways to keep on top of these important alerts. You can look for them here on this site, the site, or many local sites.  In addition, you can subscribe to get email notifications (which I do) or  you can also subscribe to get these same alerts via RSS (which I also do).

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