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NKY Under Air Quality Alert for Tuesday

Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties are under an air quality alert for Tuesday, May 25, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency said Monday.

The region was also under an air quality alert last Friday.

The Northern Kentucky counties were included in the alert along with Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio, and Dearborn Co. in Indiana.

The agency expects to see levels of ozone in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range on the Air Quality Index (AQI).

On Air Quality Alert days, people can help reduce ozone formation, the agency said, by taking the following actions:

  • Take the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of drive.
  • Refuel your vehicle after 8 p.m.; do not top off when refueling and tighten the gas cap.
  • Do not idle your vehicle; exhaust contributes considerably to ozone formation.
  • Combine trips or eliminating unnecessary vehicle trips.
  • Keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes.
  • Avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Alert days.
  • Avoid use of oil-based paints and stains on Air Quality Alert days.
  • Never burn leaves or other yard trimmings.
  • Suspend use of fire pits, campfires and charcoal grills on Air Quality Alert days.
  • Conserve electricity by turning out lights and unplugging unused appliances and electronics.

-Staff report

Photo: Sky over downtown Covington (RCN file)