Count on KAIRE for Air Quality Information

While our daily routines are changing, we at KAIRE wanted to let you know that you can still count on us for air quality information.

As the weather warms up, you may be spending more time outdoors. Check the Air Quality forecast, especially if you or your loved ones fall into the Sensitive Groups category for air pollution. You can find out more about Sensitive groups here.

KAIRE continues to share the Air Quality forecast. In the upper right-hand corner of our website is a cloud; hovering your cursor over that cloud reveals the air quality forecast. You can also follow KAIRE on social media for forecasts and Air Quality Alerts.

Our colleagues at the Air Pollution Control District continue to monitor the air and enforce pollution regulations and laws, but our offices are closed to the public.  Find more information about how APCD operations have changed during the COVID-19 outbreak here.

Idle Free Has Big Impact

Ever wonder if it’s worth it, to turn off your car while waiting? Do you think your new habit of turning off in the car rider line doesn’t make a difference?

Being Idle Free does make a difference, and it’s big.

Eliminating unnecessary idling by personal vehicles would be equivalent in emissions reductions to taking five million vehicles off the road, according to an article in The Environmental Magazine.

Americans waste six million gallons of fuel by idling each year. Everyone who makes the pledge to turn the key and be idle free moves us closer to a cleaner, more efficient fleet. Switching to electric or hybrid vehicles also works in our favor.

Read The Environmental Magazine article about reducing idling here.

Happy Holidays From KAIRE

As you gather with friends and family to celebrate this season, we at KAIRE hope your holidays are healthy and happy.

Clean air is essential to our health and well-being as a community. We are thankful for the support from the many organizations, businesses, schools, neighborhoods and individuals who support initiatives like Idle Free.

We look forward to continuing our work to empower air friendly choices in the coming year.

Mayor Greg Fischer Supports Idle Free Louisville

school signRecently, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made a plea for citizens to reduce unnecessary engine idling. Unnecessary engine idling isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s a waste of gas and money, too. This is especially important near schools, where students will be walking into that cloud of exhaust on a daily basis. Save money and help the air by following the 10 Second Rule. Listen to Mayor Fischer here.

Clean Air Holiday Tips

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, which means it’s time to get your car holiday ready.

1. Make sure your car’s maintenance is up to date. Putting off an oil change isn’t good for your car or the air.

2. Check the essentials for winter driving, including tires, brakes, wiper blades and battery.

3. Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes a flashlight, gloves, a blanket, flares, sand or kitty litter and some high energy snacks.

4. Reduce the hustle and bustle of traffic by sharing rides or taking public transportation.

5. Check tire pressure. When the temperature dips, the pressure in your tires will dip as well. Add air as needed.

6. Check road conditions and closures ahead of time. Plan for breaks during your road trip for fuel and rest.

7. Have a safe, air friendly holiday season!