NOACA operates its Fine Particle Pollution Program (FP3) in an effort to inform the public about fine particle pollution, and to offer simple solutions that can help improve air quality. NOACA’s partners in this effort include:
- Ohio EPA
- City of Cleveland Division of Air Quality
- Akron Regional Air Quality Management District
- Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study
- Lake County General Health District
Fine particle pollution contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that can get deep into people’s lungs and cause serious health problems. The FP3 Program informs residents of Northeast Ohio when fine particle pollution reaches unhealthy levels and also helps reduce this pollution by increasing public awareness. Sign up to receive free e-mail advisories
What can you do to reduce fine particle pollution?
- Avoid unnecessary fuel consumption.
- Walk, bike, use public transportation, or drive fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Combine errands to reduce fuel use and save time.
- Carpool with family, friends or register with OhioRideshare at 1-800-825-RIDE.
- Avoid idling your vehicle excessively. Turn off the key and be idle-free!
- For diesel-powered vehicles, consider filling up with biodiesel.
- For diesel trucks and buses, install particulate filters.
- Drive slowly on unpaved roads and other dirt surfaces.
- Limit using wood stoves and fireplaces.
- Consider using natural gas logs or burn only dry, seasoned wood.
- Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.
- Compost leaves, twigs, and other yard waste.
- Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Keep your car, boat, and other vehicles properly tuned. Avoid using vehicles that smoke.
- Avoid vigorous physical activities on days forecasted to have poor air quality.