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SCAQMD is helping Southern California residents learn to make clean air choices that will help reduce air pollution, including knowing when it’s important to curtail use of wood-burning fireplaces. 

Bad air quality can contribute to harmful diseases like asthma, lung disease and cancer in some cases. Smoke from residential wood-burning can aggravate health conditions. Check below for more information on how seasons affect air quality and steps you can take to help reduce air pollution, and to sign up to start receiving your air quality forecast and notifications today.

Wintertime - Check Before You Burn Program

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When colder weather arrives, using your fireplace seems cozy.  But, did you know that wood smoke contains gases and tiny particles known as PM 2.5 that lodge deep in your lungs and contribute to a variety of respiratory health problems, such as asthma or lung disease? Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

From November 1 through the end of February, protect your family and community by to pledging to participate in SCAQMD’s "Check Before You Burn" program by not burning wood in fireplaces when unhealthful air quality is forecast, and by signing up to receive daily Air Alert and No-Burn day notification emails.

Take the Check Before You Burn pledge! 

 

Summertime - Smog Season

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High pollution levels can affect your health and the health of your loved ones and it happens more often than you might think. In fact, during the 2017 smog season, Southern California had more than 140 days of unhealthful air quality!

The more you know, the better you can protect yourself and your family. Learn how to participate in helping to clean the air, and sign up for Air Alerts to stay informed of the air quality in your area. Daily e-mail alerts are color-coded for easy reading, and are customizable for the city and pollution level you want to keep an eye on.

Check out our Clean Air Choices page!

 

 

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