Air Quality Awareness Week began April 29

    April 29, 2019
    Check the AQI and Get Outside

    National Air Quality Awareness Week began Monday and runs through May 3.  This year’s national theme, “Check the AQI and Get Outside”, will be the focus of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) daily social media messages informing the public on how to stay aware of air pollution levels and enjoy the outdoors. The  goal of the Air Quality Awareness Week is to encourage people to check the current and forecasted Air Quality Index (AQI) from MORPC’s Air Quality program and to plan ahead for when it’s best to be active outdoors.

    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 chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma.

    “Air Quality Awareness Week is a national conversation about the impacts of air quality on public health in our communities. MORPC will highlight how Central Ohioans can protect their health from air pollution and still enjoy being active outside on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to follow MORPC to learn more.”
    MORPC Director of Planning and Sustainability Kerstin Carr

    MORPC uses the national AQI scale to inform the public about daily ozone and particle pollution levels in Central Ohio. The AQI scale runs from 0 to 300 – the higher the AQI value, the greater the health concern. When levels reach above 100, air quality is considered to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. MORPC issues an Air Quality Alert to the public when pollution levels reach 101 or higher.

    Central Ohioans can check the current and forecast AQI and sign-up to receive free Air Quality Alert notifications delivered by email or text message at www.morpc.org/airquality.  They can also call MORPC’s toll-free air quality hotline at 1-888-666-1009 for the latest forecast in planning their day to reduce exposure to air pollution.  MORPC’s toll-free Air Quality hotline has English and Spanish language options to best serve the Central Ohio community.

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