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Sign Up for Air Quality Alerts During Summer Heat

July 25, 2017

Now that summer weather is upon us, it’s important to be aware of the air we breathe. A simple way to do so is by signing up to receive Air Quality Alerts.

MORPC is responsible for providing Central Ohio residents with year-round daily air quality forecasts and issuing Air Quality Alerts when ozone pollution is forecasted to exceed healthy levels. Poor air quality affects everyone, but children, older adults, and those with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma can be particularly sensitive to air pollution.  

The official ozone season in Central Ohio is from March 1st- October 31st.  When temperatures begin to climb and sunlight is more prevalent, ground-level ozone levels ramp up in the summer months. To further the awareness about the impacts of poor air quality, MORPC created videos that are airing digitally and on local television as Public Service Announcements:

As of July 26, the Central Ohio region has experienced one ozone exceedance when air pollution was unhealthy for sensitive groups of people (June 3). In 2016, the region had already experienced six exceedances by this point of the year. In the past decade, we have seen a significant improvement in the region’s air quality thanks to local efforts to reduce emissions.

Your actions can make a difference in protecting public health and reducing air pollution. On Air Quality Alert days, MORPC recommends taking actions to improve air quality. When everyone pitches in, our residents breathe better air.

  • Travel by carpooling, combining trips, riding COTA, bicycling, or walking to nearby destinations. For more information contact Gohio Commute program staff at gohio@morpc.org.

  • Turn off your engine instead of idling your vehicle to cut down on vehicle emissions.

  • Avoid refueling your vehicle, or wait until dusk to refuel your vehicle. Filling up your tank when the daytime heat has diminished helps to reduce harmful ground-level ozone pollution.

  • Avoid topping off your tank at the gas station. Spilled gasoline pollutes the air when it evaporates.

  • Avoid mowing your lawn on an Air Quality Alert day. Longer grass in your yard is good for the air, as well as the lawn.

Visit http://airquality.morpc.org for more information about MORPC’s Air Quality Program and sign up to receive Air Quality Alerts via text or email.