Air quality alert in effect for parts of Northeast Ohio

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — An air quality alert has been issued for parts of Northeast Ohio.

The advisory for ground-level ozone has been issued for the following counties through midnight Saturday:

  • Ashtabula
  • Cuyahoga
  • Geauga
  • Lake
  • Lorain
  • Medina
  • Portage
  • Summit

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency says air quality levels are considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” including children, elderly and those with breathing difficulties from now until tomorrow.

If you are in the sensitive group category, you can check out this live map of air quality readings.

Here are some ways you can help reduce air pollution:

  • Drive less; instead bike, walk, work from home or carpool
  • Visit GOhio’s NOACA page to find another way to travel
  • Don’t idle; turn off your engine
  • Refill your tank after sunset
  • Wait a day to mow during growing season

NOACA forecasted this advisory based on predicted weather patterns in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Cleveland Division of Air Quality, the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, the Lake County General Health District, and Ohio University.

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