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Air Quality Awareness Week Ideal Time for Residents to be Air Aware

April 26, 2017

Learn more about the effects of air quality during Air Quality Awareness Week, May 1 – 5. Air Quality Awareness Week is designed to raise public awareness about respiratory health, air quality, and transportation options.

Poor air quality affects everyone; however, some individuals are particularly sensitive to air pollutants, including children and adults who are active outdoors, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. MORPC will be posting messages on social media throughout the week to highlight air-friendly actions, and using the #BeAirAware for people to follow on social networks.

“We encourage Central Ohio residents to learn more about the effects of air quality on their health,” said Brandi Whetstone, a Senior Program Manager at MORPC. “By signing up to receive Air Quality Alerts now, Central Ohio residents can be sure to receive information on how to protect their health and reduce individual contributions to air pollution.”

MORPC is a part of a network of agencies across the country that issue daily air quality forecasts and notifies the public when ozone and particle pollution levels are considered to be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people. Ozone and particle pollution are the two main threats to residents in Central Ohio.

Reducing your emissions can contribute to a cleaner and healthier Central Ohio and there are several ways that you can make a difference. You can carpool, take the bus, refuel after dark and avoid using gas powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Alert days. Organizations, local governments and businesses can pledge to be idle-free to reduce emissions and MORPC can provide free no-idling parking lot signs to those who adopt a no-idling policy. MORPC RideSolutions staff is also happy to help you find ways to get you to work that do not require driving alone.

You can also sign-up online to receive Air Quality Alert email notifications at: http://airquality.morpc.org or call MORPC’s toll-free air quality hotline at 1-888-666-1009 to listen to the latest forecast to help plan your day accordingly.