Air quality may be dangerous for those with health issues

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Officials said a Spare the Air alert is in effect for the Bay Area Tuesday, bringing the total for this season to 18. (KGO-TV)

Officials said a Spare the Air alert is in effect for the Bay Area Tuesday, bringing the total for this season to 18.

The air quality will be dangerous for those with health issues and if you burn a fire in your fireplace you are going to make it worse.
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Officials said it isn't cars that produce the most pollution on spare the air days, it is fires. Smoke from one fireplace can pollute an entire neighborhood, so fires are not allowed Tuesday.

Those with asthma or heart issues should be extra careful. "I advise them to stay indoors as much as they possibly can. If they go outside, not to exercise and if the pollution is really bad to wear particulate masks," John Balmes said.

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Officials do worry that these repeated announcements will become white noise to people and they'll become complacent, so they want to emphasize this is an ongoing issue and we all have to be vigilant.

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