First Spare the Air Day of the Season for Saturday Bans Bay Area Residents from Burning Wood

First Spare the Air Day of the Season for Saturday Bans Bay Area Residents from Burning Wood

Since the light winds in the Bay area are expected to contribute to unhealthy air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the season’s first winter Spare the Air alert for Saturday. The alert bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours. With the increase in the field of science and technology, new industries are being developed that contribute a lot in the cause of global warming and air pollution. Smoke coming out of chimneys, factories and burning of wood is causing the main reason for the cause of global warming. Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, said air pollution from wood smoke is one of the greatest health threats to Bay Area residents during the winter months.

“Just one burning fireplace can create unhealthy air for an entire neighborhood. It is important that the public refrain from burning, especially during these weather conditions that allow wood smoke to build up”, said Jack. During the winter Spare the Air alert, Bay Area residents and businesses have been banned to use wood stoves, fire places, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits and any other wood-burning devices. All the first time violators will be given the chance to take a wood smoke awareness class, online or by mail, to learn about the hazards of wood smoke pollution instead of paying a $100 ticket. Second violations will result in a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts will be higher.

Now, you will be having thought that what will happen to those without permanent installed heating facilities and the homes where wood stoves and fire places are the only source of heat. Don’t worry! All those homes where wood stoves and fire places are the only way to get heat in the house have exemption. However, starting Nov. 1, 2016, the sole source of heat exemption will be available only if the sole source of heat is a wood-burning device that is EPA- certified and registered in the air district’s registration program.

In a statement provided to NapaValleyRegister, light winds are expected to contribute to unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area, especially in the Santa Clara Valley.

“Air pollution from wood smoke is one of the greatest health threats to Bay Area residents during the winter months,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district. “Just one burning fireplace can create unhealthy air for an entire neighborhood. It is important that the public refrain from burning, especially during these weather conditions that allow wood smoke to build up.”

ContraCostaTimes report said, wood burning will be prohibited throughout most of the Bay Area on what is forecast to be a chilly Saturday because of anticipated poor air quality.

The 24-hour Spare the Air alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets or any other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves or outdoor fire pits. It will be in effect for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara, as well as southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano.

In a statement provided to SF Gate, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared the first Spare the Air day of the season, meaning no wood burning inside or outdoors for at least 24 hours, from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday. First offenders found using their fireplace, wood or pellet stove, outdoor fire pit or other wood-burning device are subject to a $100 ticket or the option of taking a wood-smoke-awareness class. Second violations mean a $500 ticket, and repeat offenders face even steeper fines.

“Air pollution from wood smoke is one of the greatest health threats to Bay Area residents during the winter months,” Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, said in a statement Friday. “Just one burning fireplace can create unhealthy air for an entire neighborhood. It is important that the public refrain from burning, especially during these weather conditions that allow wood smoke to build up.”

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