Commitment to Clean Air
OKI’s Regional Clean Air Program provides valuable information to the community on air quality topics through the “Do Your Share for Cleaner Air” campaign. We are committed to spreading the clean air message by educating people of the harmful effects of ozone and particulate matter pollution, while also teaching how they can individually reduce air pollution. Ozone and particulate matter pollution are critical issues throughout our region. OKI’s commitment to addressing these issues is evident through this program. Improved air quality leads to better quality of life and enhanced economic vitality.
Air Quality Alert Days
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors the air in the region. When air pollution levels are considered high, an Air Quality Alert is issued. On Air Quality Alert Days the public is warned that air quality could be unhealthy for some individuals. These notices are issued the day before air pollution levels are expected to be high. On Air Quality Alert days, we can all do our share to keep our air safe: riding a bike or rollerblading instead of driving, for example. Remember, it all adds up to Cleaner Air.
Why We Should Do Our Share
Clean air is good for our health and our environment. It’s also beneficial for our bottom line. By reducing emissions and maintaining clean air, the Greater Cincinnati area can avoid federal designations that convey a perception of decreased livability, which can create a negative economic impact. That’s why it’s important for all of us to work together to reduce air pollutants, including fine particulate matter and ozone.
If you have asthma or are affected by air pollutants, visit the Air Quality Index.
For more information on Air Quality, please visit the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency’s website.
Smog, a chronic issue throughout our region, hurts our health and our economy. It affects everyone — however, children, the elderly and people with asthma or other respiratory problems are especially at risk. Smog makes it difficult for our lungs to absorb oxygen, which limits our ability to breathe. It causes flu-like symptoms, such as lung and throat irritation, coughing, and, at times, choking.
We encourage every resident in the seven-county area to consider making small changes in their daily habits, especially on smog alert days to help lessen this hazy pollutant.
Your actions can make a difference in the air quality of our region!
These voluntary actions could include:
- Taking the bus: call METRO at 513-621-4455 or TANK at 859-331-8265
- Carpooling or vanpooling: call RideShare at 241-RIDE
- Riding a bike or rollerblading instead of driving
- Avoiding gasoline-powered lawn equipment on air quality alert days
- Keeping your vehicle maintained
- Combining trips or eliminating unnecessary vehicle trips
- Refueling your vehicle after 8 p.m., and not topping off your gas tank
- Avoiding using oil-based paints and stains
- Saving electricity, for instance, turn off lights when not using them
- Spreading the word about the importance of clean air