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  • Breathing Shouldn’t be Scary for Trick-or-Treaters

    Oct 29, 2013 | Read More News
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    Exhaust from idling cars isn’t good for anyone, particularly the lungs of young ghosts, superheroes, and pirates walking through neighborhoods in search of Halloween bounty. none

    Instead of letting your engine run while the kids are moving from house to house, consider parking and walking to get a little exercise and keep the air free from health-damaging vehicle emissions.

    Vehicle exhaust is harmful to human health, especially children since they breathe more rapidly and inhale more per pound of body weight than adults. Studies have linked pollution from vehicles to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma and allergies.

    Idling vehicles increase air pollution levels in neighborhoods, surrounding the Halloween trick-or-treaters with unhealthy air as they go from door to door. Idling for 10 minutes pollutes the air as much as driving for 10 minutes, except that it is concentrated in one area rather than being spread out over several miles.

    It is much more efficient to turn the engine off and on while waiting, as opposed to letting it idle. Turning the engine off will save gasoline, reduce engine wear and tear, and improve air quality for all the little ghosts and goblins. For more tips on reducing air pollution, visit Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s website at www.pima.gov/deq.