I made up a simple document that is small enough to hand to people and outlines the dangers of idling in a bulleted format that's quick to read. If you have Idlers in your area who are not aware of these issues, please feel free to copy and print these to hand out!
Please Don’t Idle Your Car
For the sake of your health and of those around you
A Few Idling Facts:
Ø Vehicle exhaust is the leading source of toxic air pollution in Oregon.
Ø Vehicle exhaust contains at least 21 air toxics which are hazardous to human health.
Ø Emissions from idling vehicles can be as much as 20 times greater than those from one traveling at 32 mph.
Ø Inhaling these pollutants can:
o aggravate asthma,
o cause coughing or difficult breathing,
o decrease lung function,
o exacerbate cardiovascular problems and
o lead to chronic bronchitis.
Ø Children are especially sensitive to the eff ects air pollution because they breathe more quickly and take in more air than adults.
Ø Children inside an idling car, or directly in the vicinity (as in school drop-off zones) are at increased risk for health problems due to inhaling pollutants
Ø Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15. Asthma is also the most common chronic illness in children.
Ø Studies have linked pollution from vehicles to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease, and asthma.