Idle Free Schools Why Not Idle? Idling Facts What can you do? Car exhaust contains air If you are going to wait toxics, which are known to more than 10 seconds, cause cancer, respiratory turn your vehicle off. effects, reproductive effects, birth defects or It’s as simple as that. other serious health effects. Pledge to not idle unnecessarily anyplace, anytime. The chemicals from exhaust are harmful and can make asthma worse. Most people waste 1‐2 entire tankfuls of gas every Because of their developing year by idling. lungs and higher breathing rates, children are more Ford Motor Company says: susceptible to air pollution. “Avoid idling more than 30 Reducing idling at schools seconds because excessive can reduce children’s If many vehicles are idling idling can actually damage exposure to toxic vehicle at once, for example in your engine.” exhaust. school pick up/drop off areas, a “hot spot” of Idling more than 10 For more information: visit exhaust pollution can be seconds uses more fuel www.epa.gov/region8/ created. than restarting the engine. air/idlefreeschools.html Monitoring at schools has Manufacturers assure that shown elevated levels of frequent restarting won’t air toxics during the Turn the Key, harm an engine. afternoon hour coinciding Be Idle Free!! with parents picking up their children.