Air quality alert in effect in Butler, Warren counties

An Air Quality Alert is in effect today in Butler and Warren counties due to potentially elevated air pollution levels, issued by the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

The high temperature will reach the mid-90s with a calm wind. These conditions are favorable for ground-level ozone, or smog, to form.

The Air Quality Index forecast for today is 110.

Any reading of 101 or higher is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The elderly, children and anyone with respiratory diseases should cut back prolonged and heavy exertion. If spending time outside, anyone considered at-risk should take more breaks and do less strenuous activities.

Anyone coughing experiencing a shortness of breath or unusual fatigue should call their health care provider.

The general public is not expected to be affected and for most people it is OK to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less strenuous activities.

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

  • Avoid driving if possible. If not, combine errands or delay them until the Air Quality Alert is lifted. While driving, avoid excessive idling, especially at drive-thru windows.
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m., or wait until the alert 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.

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