Air Pollution Advisory in effect today for most of Miami Valley

The first Air Pollution Advisory of the summer is in effect today most of the Miami Valley.

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The Air Quality Index forecast is 108, which is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency that issued the advisory for ground-level ozone for Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.

Weather conditions today are conducive to ground-level ozone, which may lead to increased air pollution levels, RAPCA reported.

Children, seniors and those with respiratory diseases should decrease prolong or heavy exertion. However, the general public most likely won’t be affected. While it is OK to be outside during an Air Pollution Advisory, people should take more breaks and do less strenuous activity.

Coughing, shortness of breath or unusual fatigue could indicate a problem and anyone experiencing those symptoms should contact their doctor.

People are encouraged to do the following to reduce ground-level ozone:

  • Avoid driving if possible. If not, try to combine running errands or delaying them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. While driving, avoid excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows.
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m. if possible, or wait until the advisory is over. Make sure your gas cap is on tightly to avoid letting gas fumes escape.
  • Limit the use of gasoline-powered equipment around the home, such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, power trimmers and shredders.
  • Mow lawns after 6 p.m.