Health department issues air quality advisory for Stark County – Canton Repository

CANTON – The Canton Health Department is warning some people to limit outdoor activities due to high ozone levels in the air Wednesday that are expected the rest of this week.
Canton Health Commissioner James Adams issued an air quality advisory Wednesday afternoon. 
The health department issued this statement:
“With the National Weather Service forecasting mostly sunny skies and high temperatures for the remainder of the week, ozone concentrations may remain at a level that is unhealthy for sensitive groups. People with respiratory disease, children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors should consider limiting prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.”
As of 4 p.m., the air quality index, which reflects air pollution levels on a scale of 0 to 500, for Canton was 108, according to An index number from 101 to 150 means “members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.” AQI is based on levels of ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. The website is run by a consortium of federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which monitor air quality. 
Adams wrote that people can reduce ozone levels in air by driving less and fueling their vehicles after sunset.
Those with questions about the policy can call the Canton Health Department at (330) 489-3231.
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