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Idle-Free Zones

What is idling?

"Idling" means running your engine when your car isn't moving. Most of the time idling isn't necessary, and it can have negative effects on the environment — and your health.

Why shouldn't I idle?

Exhaust contributes to the formation of ozone pollution, which can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and, in higher concentrations, asthma, bronchitis and decreased lung function.Idle-Free Zone sign

Long-term exposure to air pollutants, like vehicle emissions, increases the risk of respiratory illnesses, such as allergies, asthma and lung cancer.

What can I do?

Promote an anti-idling policy at your child's school or at schools in your area. The AirQ Program provides free "Idle-Free Zone" signs FREE to any school in the Kansas City metro area. Call 816-474-4240 or e-mail AirQ to learn more.Turn off your engine when parked, and encourage friends and family to do the same. You can also:

  • Encourage a local business to join KC Idle-Free, a metro-wide partnership of organizations dedicated to reducing auto emissions by decreasing idling. Download information below!

Tool Kits

Looking for idling materials? Contact AirQ or download and use these.

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KC Idle-Free for Businesses Idle-Free Zone Presentation (PowerPoint, 4MB)
KC Idle-Free for Customers Idling Myths and Facts (English)
KC Idle Free Rack Card Idling Mitos y Realidades (Español)
How Does Air Pollution Affect You? Idle-Free Zone Checklist
  Idle-Free Sample Policy Language
  Idle-Free Sample Newsletter Article