The Valley air basin to be in an air alert Monday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Valley air basin will be in an Air Alert episode from Monday Aug. 19 to Wednesday Aug. 21. This includes portions of Kern County, as well as San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare counties.

Air Alert episodes are called when conditions may lead to ozone formation that results in exceeding health-based ozone standards and federal penalties assessed on the area.

There are steps residents and businesses can take to prevent this. Reducing vehicle use is an important way to reduce these emissions.

Residents can reduce their vehicle use to minimize smog-forming emissions by:

  • Carpooling 
  • Using alternative transportation including bicycling, walking and mass transit
  • Minimizing trips by running all errands at once
  • Eliminating vehicle idling

Businesses can help reduce workplace-centered emissions by:

  • Ordering lunch in to eliminate the need for employees to drive during lunch
  • Offering scheduling flexibility to reduce commute-time traffic
  • Making telecommuting available to employees

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