Sign Up to Receive Air Quality Forecasts
Poor air quality affects your health. Pollution can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions, and even stress your heart and cardiovascular system.
Breathing polluted air for long periods of time can also cause more serious health problems. Two primary causes of poor air quality in the Bay Area are ozone and particulate matter (PM). During the winter, wood smoke from woodstoves and fireplaces is the major source of PM pollution. In summer, cars, trucks, and other vehicles are the major sources of ozone.
The Bay Area Air District issues air quality forecasts every day using the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a color-coded number scale developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to give easy-to-understand information about daily air pollution levels – kind of like an air quality "thermometer."
Air District meteorologists study weather patterns that influence air pollution and analyze measurements from the agency's air quality monitoring network to compile the daily air quality forecast. These forecasts report the AQI level for the particular pollutant anticipated to reach the unhealthiest concentration in each of the Bay Area's five reporting zones. Sausalito is in the SF Bay Area Coast and Central Bay region.
You can get the daily air quality forecast by calling the Air District's 24-hour toll-free information line, 1-800-HELP AIR, or by signing up for EnviroFlash email AirAlerts. You can also sign up for Spare the Air text alerts by texting the word "start" to the number 817-57.
Please note that when a winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor fire pit.