Air Pollution Advisory in effect through midnight

An Air Pollution Advisory has been issued through midnight Sunday for Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties by the Miami Valley Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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Forecasts are predicting highs in the middle 80s with lots of sunshine, creating conditions that are favorable for ground-level ozone, or smog, creating elevated pollution levels, according to the agency.

“(Smog) is an irritant to the respiratory system formed when bright sunlight mixes with emissions from vehicles and small gasoline-powered engines. These emissions collect in a stagnant air mass and form smog,” Miami Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O. Martin said.

Experts recommend children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to reduce prolonged time outside.

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“It’s OK to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less strenuous activities,” Martin said.

To prevent the formation of smog:

  • Avoid driving if possible.
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m., or wait until the advisory is lifted
  • Combine trips if you must drive
  • Mow your lawn after 6 p.m.

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