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Yellow means speed up your clean air action

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 19:37:56-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Yellow air days are here again.

It's not a refrain likely to make anyone tap their toes, because yellow air days signal the beginning of Utah's dreaded valley inversions, where everything our cars, industries, fireplaces, and furnaces burn stays trapped close to the ground, ready to enter our lungs.

As FOX 13 News Chief Meteorologist, Brett Benson, will tell us, the inversion is natural, we can only change what we put into it.

The director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership, Ted Wilson, agrees.

"It's time for people to focus. Time for all of us who live along the Wasatch Front to think of things you can do every week, every day for air quality," Wilson said.

The list is simple:

  • Drive less by combining trips and sharing rides.
  • Turn down the thermostat.
  • Avoid wood fires unless it's your only source of heat.
  • Take public transportation.

Wilson adds a personal suggestion to the suggestion about public transportation: get your spouse or significant other to drop you off at the train or bus stop.

"And you get a kiss in addition to riding the TRAX," Wilson said.

Shaun Teigen, researcher with the Utah Foundation was in studio on Monday to talk about what people can do to help prevent pollution. Watch the interview below.