NOACA and its partners forecast Air Quality Advisories when air quality levels will be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including: children, the elderly and those with breathing difficulties.
Pollution can trigger a variety of health problems, including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. According to one 2013 study, air pollution from the transportation sector was responsible for an estimated 384 premature deaths
in Greater Cleveland, and the region had the second highest mortality rate from mobile emissions
Clearly fewer vehicles on the road could help Northeast Ohioans save money and improve health.
What can people in Northeast Ohio do to reduce pollution?
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- GET OUT OF THE CAR! Use NOACA's premier ride planning, matching, and logging tool Gohio Commute.
- Avoid unnecessary fuel consumption.
- Walk, bike, use public transportation or drive fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Combine errands to reduce fuel use and save time.
- Avoid idling your vehicle excessively. Turn off the key and be idle-free!
- Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.
- Reduce energy consumption: turn off your lights and appliances when not in use.
- Keep your car, boat and other vehicles properly tuned.
- Avoid open burning. Smoke from burning leaves, brush, other vegetation and backyard trash contains a number of hazardous air pollutants.