Air Quality Alert in effect today in Miami Valley

An Air Quality Alert has been issued for today throughout the Miami Valley.

The alert is for Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties.

The National Weather Service is forecasting plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 90s for today, and an Air Quality Index is predicted to be 101.

Any reading of 101 or higher is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” The general public is not likely to be affected, but older adults, children and anyone with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It’s OK to be active outdoors, but take more breaks and do less strenuous activities. Contact your health care provider for symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath or unusual fatigue, which may indicate a serious problem.

Take action to reduce pollution on days when there are air quality issues.

  • Avoid driving if possible. If not, try to combine running errands or delaying them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. While driving, avoid excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows.
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m. if possible, or wait until the advisory is over. Make sure your gas cap is on tightly to avoid letting gas fumes escape.
  • Limit the use of gasoline-powered equipment around the home, such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, power trimmers and shredders.
  • Mow lawns after 6 p.m.

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