Drive-Thru Issue – Smog Days, avoid excessive idling at drive-thrus

Air pollution advisory extended through today

Forecasters are predicting daytime highs at 90 degrees or better into next week.

Friday, June 06, 2008

An air pollution advisory for ground level ozone in effect for Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties has been extended through today, June 6, and residents of those counties are advised to take steps to reduce emissions that can contribute to smog.

Hot weather with daily highs at or close to 90 degrees will extend into the middle of next week, the National Weather Service in Wilmington said.

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency, initially issued the air pollution advisory for the four-county area for Thursday.

Smog is formed, according to the advisory, when bright sunlight mixes with emissions from vehicles and small gasoline engines. Smog forms most readily in hot, stagnant air.

To reduce smog, residents are asked to avoid driving if possible. Carpooling and the use of public transportation is suggested for long trips. Walking and bicycling is suggested for shorter trips.

Those who must drive should avoid “jackrabbit” starts and excessive idling especially at drive-through windows. Limit the use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers because mowers produce 11 times more pollution per hour than cars.

If you have to use a gas lawn mower, do so after 6 p.m. when the chance of smog production is reduced. Refueling vehicles also should be done after 6 p.m. to avoid the release of fuel vapors.

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is stressing that everyone take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses during this warm weather period.

Some of those cautions include decreasing physical activity during the hottest part of the day and checking with your doctor if you are on various medications to see if the heat puts you at increased risk.

The weather service predicts today will be mostly sunny with a high near 90 and an overnight low of 69.

Accuweather.com, another forecasting service, is calling for a high of 94 today, which would approach the all-time high for June 7 of 97, set in 1925.

On Saturday, the National Weather Service is calling for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 2 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 87.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/06/05/ddn060508smogweb.html

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