Air quality alert issued for northeast Ohio

Air quality alert issued for northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio Department of Transportation electronic billboards are warning people about an air quality alert affecting Northeast Ohio on Wednesday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio EPA and Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency work together to inform people about increased health risks due to pollution.

Wednesday's "orange" level alert especially pertains to sensitive groups including young kids and senior citizens- especially those with asthma or heart and lung conditions. These individuals are urged to limit their outdoor activities.

Strenuous exercise is discouraged because it can increase a person's breathing rate which can bring more pollutants into their lungs.

To help reduce pollution officials urge people to not idle their vehicles, use public transportation for short trips, refuel after dusk and use battery powered yard equipment.

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