Wed February 5, 2014
Earth Calendar for February 5th and 6th
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has resumed monitoring and reporting pollen and mold counts in preparation for allergy season. As early as February, some trees common in Southwest Ohio naturally pollinate.
Cold weather may keep pollen levels low, but pollination will occur regardless. The severity of allergy symptoms depends on the amount of pollen in the air and the degree of sensitivity of the person. To reduce exposure to pollen and mold, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency recommends that we minimize outdoor activity between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. – when pollen levels are highest. Track pollen and mold counts. The higher the pollen and mold count is, the greater the likelihood that particles will make their way into the nasal passages and lungs and induce allergic symptoms. When the weather warms up in the spring, additional precautions allergy sufferers can take include: Avoid areas with freshly cut grass and avoid lawn care activities. After being outdoors, it is best to shower and change clothing, as pollen can adhere to clothing, skin and hair and be aware that pets can also bring pollen into your home. Pollen and mold counts are available at 513-946-7753 or SouthwestOhioAir.org. The hotline and website are updated each weekday by 10:00 a.m. Additional information can be found in the Living with Allergies brochure, available for download at the website.
On Our Calendar: Registration is now open for Reforest Northern Kentucky, an annual, all-volunteer project to restore native Kentucky woodlands. The reforestation project is responsible for planting thousands of tree seedlings on public, protected previously mowed properties in Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties. Volunteers are needed for the event Saturday, March 29th from 9:00 am till noon. Groups will meet at St. Anne Convent, located at 1000 St. Anne Dr. in Melbourne, KY 41059. Register online.