Is the air quality good in Ohio?
The air quality in Ohio on Monday, July 17, 2023 is poor, ranging across the state from “unhealthy for sensitive people” to “unhealthy” for everyone on the U.S. Air Quality Index (1)(2).
Is there an air quality alert in Ohio?
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a statewide Air Quality Advisory due to the adverse health impact of smoke from Canadian wildfires (3). The advisory is in effect until the end of July 17.
What is causing poor air quality in Ohio?
The poor air quality is mostly due to smoke drifting southeast from wildfires in western Canada. The smoke is being blown into central Ohio by a cold front. Similar wildfire smoke events have occurred multiple times throughout the summer, with the Air Quality Index exceeding 220 in previous instances.
How is Ohio responding to poor air quality?
In response to the poor air quality, authorities have issued alerts and advisories to protect the health of residents and visitors. Sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with asthma or COPD, are advised to limit prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recommends avoiding idling car engines, refraining from burning leaves or wood, and postponing grass mowing to reduce pollution levels during Air Quality Alert days.
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How can I protect myself from poor air quality?
- Get a free air quality app for real-time air quality alerts and forecasts.
- Shut doors and windows and set the HVAC to recirculate mode.
- Contribute to your community’s outdoor air quality data.
- Stay indoors when air quality is poor; if you do need to go outdoors, wear a KN95/FFP2 mask.
- Run a high-performance air purifier to filter particles, gases, and other pollutants.