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Air quality advisory issued for northeast Ohio regions

An air quality advisory was issued for northeast regions in Ohio due to an accumulation of fine particles early this month. The warning is primarily intended for those who are included in the classification of "sensitive groups" such as children, senior citizens and those who are afflicted with respiratory health conditions such as asthma.

For sensitive individuals, indoor air quality is especially important. They often must refrain from outdoor activity when pollution levels increase. However, airborne toxins can make their way inside the home as well. To ensure optimal indoor air quality, homeowners can  invest in a home air purifier to reduce the risk of harm caused by toxins and other potential respiratory irritants.

Those in the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties in Ohio have been warned to be aware of their outdoor activity. The current poor air quality is due to stagnant atmospheric conditions that allow normal levels of pollution to accumulate lower in the atmosphere (instead of dissipating). Increasing time spent indoors in areas equipped with a medical-grade home air purifier can decrease exposure to harmful toxins.