While tailgating this football season you may want to take a step back from the grill and generator — for your health.

NC State researchers found that air pollution rises in tailgating lots before and after major football games most often due to large charcoal grills, old generators and idling vehicles.

During the 2015 football season, College of Natural Resources assistant professor Kyle Bunds and associate professor Jonathan Casper teamed up with College of Engineering professor Chris Freyto monitor air quality in and around NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium before, during and after all six home football games.

“No one has looked at this issue of what kind of exposures you have in a tailgating situation, and it’s one where there could be high exposures,” said Frey, who has conducted years of air pollution research.

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