To keep our students healthy, schools need to focus on keeping the air cleaner and safer for our children. That’s why it’s important for local schools to consider their policies dealing with exposure to exhaust.
Exhaust from vehicles poses a health risk, particularly for small children. It contains VOC’s and smog-forming, toxic air pollutants. Exposure can lead to lung damage and respiratory problems, as well as increased complications for those who suffer from asthma and allergies.
School buses are the main culprit when it comes to exhaust. These diesel engines run for long periods of time, often in large groups, and sit right outside the exit. Heavy fumes can easily travel through the doors, causing an accumulation of toxic chemicals in our schools.
Fortunately, there are plenty of steps schools can take to reduce air pollution in and around the buildings.
1. Reduce school bus idling time
2. Reinforce smart driving practices, such as following at least three car lengths behind any vehicle with visible exhaust or a noticeable odor
3. Retrofitting current bus fleets with new technology and introducing cleaner fuels
4. Replacing old school buses with newer, more efficient vehicles that meet more stringent pollution control standards
By implementing these simple strategies for reducing air pollution, we can keep our schools cleaner and our children healthier.
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