Butler, Warren air quality advisory issued for Thursday

Because of expected “unhealthy” levels of ozone, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has issued an advisory for Thursday in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boon, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.

The Air Quality Advisory is because the ozone level in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range on the Air Quality Index.

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To help reduce ozone formation, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency advises people to:

  • take the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of drive.
  • refuel your vehicle after 8 p.m.; do not top off when refueling and tighten the gas cap.
  • not idle your vehicle; exhaust contributes considerably to ozone formation.
  • combine trips or eliminating unnecessary vehicle trips.
  • keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes.
  • avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Advisory days.
  • avoid use of oil-based paints and stains on Air Quality Advisory days.
  • never burn leaves or other yard trimmings.
  • suspend use of fire pits, campfires and charcoal grills on Air Quality Advisory days.
  • conserve electricity by turning out lights and unplugging unused appliances and electronics.

An Air Quality Advisory is issued by the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency the day before high ozone and/or high particulate matter levels are anticipated. For more information visit online at SouthwestOhioAir.org.

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