Air pollution advisory issued for Miami Valley

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Parts of region are under an air pollution advisory Wednesday.

The advisory has been issued by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency for Clark, Greene, Miami, and Montgomery counties.

The advisory is for ground-level ozone, or “smog”, which is caused by bright sunlight mixing with gas emissions. Fro some people, it can cause breathing problems.

Brian Huxtable with the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency explains what signs to watch for to know if the smog is causing you problems.

“Exposure to ozone can trigger asthma attacks,” Huxtable said. “It can cause shortness of breath and unusally fatigue so if you sense those, you need to take it easy.”

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission suggests:

AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool/vanpool or take the bus. Vehicle emissions cause almost 50% of ground-level ozone. For short trips, walk or ride a bike.

• REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE ONLY AFTER 6:00 P.M., OR IF POSSIBLE, DON’T REFUEL AT ALL WHEN AIR POLLUTION ADVISORY NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED. Vapors from gasoline contribute to the smog problem. By refueling after 6:00 p.m., when it’s cooler, smog doesn’t form as easily. Make sure your gas cap fits tightly so gas fumes don’t escape and contribute to the smog problem.

• IF YOU MUST DRIVE, try to combine running errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory notice is lifted.

• DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-thru windows. If you have to wait for 2 minutes or more, it’s better to turn off the engine and go inside.

• AROUND THE HOME, limit your use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, power trimmers and shredders. Operating a gasoline-powered lawn mower for one (1) hour produces the same amount of pollution as driving a car for eleven (11) hours! Try a “push” or battery-powered lawn mower instead.

• MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6:00 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form.

For more information about air pollution, contact the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission at (937) 223-6323 or the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency at (937) 225-4435. Log on to http://www.miamivalleyair.org for details.

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