The effects of air pollution

You might think that because the air around looks clean that it clean. However, a lack of visible air pollution doesn’t mean that the air is healthy. Toxic pollutants in the air we breathe are increasing right across the world, in villages as well as big cities, exceeding the guidelines recommended by the World Health Organisation.

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The two main types of air pollution are ambient air pollution occurring outdoors and household pollution occurring indoors. Both types can contribute to the other as air moves through buildings and back outside again.

How can you reduce your exposure?

  1. Try to limit the time spent walking in busy areas during rush hour.
  2. Try to limit the amount of time spent in traffic hotspots, particularly sitting at traffic lights.
  3. When spending time outdoors, such as for exercise or leisure, aim for less polluted or crowded areas.
  4. Reduce the number of times you use your car.
  5. Never burn your waste as the smoke is harmful to health.

Air pollution kills 7 000 000 people each year across the globe, including 4 000 000 from indoor pollution. Find your protective mask at a Respilon Dealer like Respitech, providers of Respilon Dealer masks.

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Did you know that a tiny, microscopic pollutant called PM2.5 can move through many of the body’s defences, like mucous membranes? They can then cause harm to our heart, lungs and brain. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, with links to diseases of the respiratory system and cancers.

We can all play our part in improving the air by adopting cleaner fuels and burning methods, avoid the burning of waste, recycling and walking instead of driving.