Ohio under statewide air quality advisory due to Canadian wildfires


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In response to the adverse impact of smoke from Canadian wildfires on air quality, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a statewide Air Quality Advisory. Effective immediately, the advisory will remain in effect until Wednesday, June 7. The Ohio EPA anticipates that the Air Quality Index (AQI) will fall within the ranges classified as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to “unhealthy.”

The current state of air quality demands attention, particularly for individuals who belong to sensitive groups. Such groups include those with medical conditions, those exposed to specific conditions, or those with inherent susceptibility. It is important to note that these individuals may experience health effects when engaging in outdoor activities during this period.

To mitigate potential health issues, the Ohio EPA recommends that members of sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly, and those with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), restrict their participation in prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. By heeding this advice, they can minimize the risks associated with the compromised air quality.

The Ohio EPA remains committed to monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as needed. It is crucial for residents, especially those in sensitive groups, to stay informed and take necessary precautions during this period of compromised air quality. By prioritizing health and safety, individuals can contribute to maintaining their well-being amidst these challenging conditions.