Do you have an itchy throat and watery eyes?
The amount of pollen and mold in the greater Cincinnati area is high. According to the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, Monday and Tuesday counts are above the averages over the past 10 years.
- Pollen: 694.
- Shape: 1.754.
- Pollen: 462.
- Shape: 2,928.
The counts are expressed in grains per cubic meter of air for pollen levels and spores per cubic meter of air for mold levels, the agency said.
Typical pollen counts for the fourth week of May are in the range from 130 to 145 and mold numbers between 1,500 and 1,800.
In addition to the high pollen and mold numbers, the agency expects an ozone level in the area of ”unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the air quality index.
The air quality index, which shows how clean or dirty the air is, is high on Tuesday.
The high pollutant on Monday was ozone; The high pollutant on Tuesday is particulate pollution.
During an Air Quality Alert, active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, should avoid any physical exertion outdoors. Others should limit outdoor exertion.
What to do during an air quality alarm
According to the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency:
- Take the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of driving.
- Refuel your vehicle after 8 p.m. When refueling, do not refill and tighten the fuel cap.
- Do not let your vehicle idle.
- Combine trips or avoid unnecessary vehicle trips.
- Maintain your vehicle with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes.
- Avoid using gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Alert days.
- Avoid using oil-based paints and stains.
- Never burn leaves or other garden debris.
- Always burn clean, seasoned wood in outdoor fireplaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves.
- Avoid using fire pits or fireplaces for unnecessary heating.
- Save electricity.