Air Quality Awareness Week to Begin May 4
With the theme of “Better Air, Better Health,” the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is promoting National Air Quality Awareness Week from Monday, May 4, 2020 through Friday, May 8, 2020.
Air Quality Awareness Week encourages people to be mindful of their contributions to air pollution and to make responsible decisions that contribute toward healthier air. It also encourages them to check the current and forecast Air Quality Index (AQI) from MORPC’s air quality program and sign up for Air Quality Alerts.
Poor air quality affects everyone, but 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.
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 more than 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 morpc.org/airquality. They can also call MORPC’s toll-free air quality hotline at 1.888.666.1009 for the latest forecast. The hotline includes English and Spanish language options to best serve the Central Ohio community.