Children are vulnerable to poor air quality. They breathe 50% more air per pound than adults and are more susceptible to respiratory conditions. Health risks increase as exposure to the pollutants in vehicle exhaust increases. When multiple vehicles idle in the same location, exhaust fumes can build up in buses and vehicles and inside nearby buildings, exposing individuals in the area to higher concentration of pollution.
What can schools and daycares do to reduce idling?
Schools and daycares can adopt an idle free school campus policy that includes school, caregiver, and delivery vehicles. Send a letter to parents, guardians, and caregivers explaining the benefits of reducing idling. Train bus drivers and school personnel on the idle reduction policy. Invite student groups to help educate and communicate the idle reduction policy.
Linn County Public Health Can Help
Linn County Public Health (LCPH) can provide an Idle-Free Zone kit, including sample policies, letters, handouts, and metal sign for parking lots. LCPH provides free technical support and can assist with a pre- and post-policy idling assessment.
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