The invisible pollution in London is worst in the UK that kills nearly 9,500 people every year. As per the BBC reports, based on the research that has been published in the journal ACS Nano, air pollution is taking its toll on the most vital body organ- heart. The study says that extremely tiny particles of pollution have the potential to evade the protective filter system of the lungs and enter blood vessels, and thus they increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Another study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology revealed that traffic-related pollution contains high levels of NO2 in the air that is linked to fast ageing process and hyperpigmentation.
Although there is no escape from pollution, a few things can be done to protect you and your family from the lethal air.
- Check regularly the air pollution forecasts of your area. You can see a current pollution level across London streets by street map. Also, with the help of lower pollution route planner, you can search the quick and the lowest pollution route.
- If you are sensitive to the effects of air pollution, it is advised to avoid exercising or walking near high-traffic areas. You can walk along back roads instead. Although the air quality forecasts are positive, the automobiles on busy roads can generate dangerous pollution which levels up to almost one-third mile away.
- If the air quality is unhealthy, avoid exercising outside or change your walking or exercise routine. Try to go outdoors for exercise in the morning when the effect of harmful ozone rays is lower.
- Limit your child’s time to play outdoors when the air quality is bad.
- If possible, try using public transports such as buses, commuter trains, light train systems or other alternatives to your vehicle. You can also opt for carpooling. To cover shorter distances, you can use a bicycle.
- Pollutants in the air reduce antioxidants, there it is sensible to have a good diet containing abundant of antioxidants such as Vitamin C. A study proved that kids who eat more fruits and vegetables (containing antioxidants) are better protected against the hazardous ozone rays and other contaminants in the air.
- Do not burn wood or trash as these are among the major causes of particle pollution in several nations.
- Try to avoid smoking and protect you and your family from second-hand smoke. Also, support national and state efforts to make all public places smoke-free.
- If you are asthmatic or have a pre-existing lung or chest condition, you are more susceptible to air pollution. In such condition, you should be prepared and keep your reliever inhaler with you so that you can handle symptoms fast if you get them. You can ask the GP or doctor for any ‘just in case’ medicines. Also, limit your time to spend outdoor, especially on high pollution days.
- One of the best and most effective ways to avoid breathing too much poor air is to wear smog masks in case you plan walking or cycling.
- Plant trees outside your home to protect your home as well as the atmosphere from pollution. In fact, a big air pollution experiment by BBC has shown that there is almost 50 percent reduction in the pollutants in the houses with the trees in front.
In a nutshell, follow these suggested steps to make a neat and pollution-free society. Help yourself as well as others breathe clean air. Keep in mind that your life and the life of your loved ones may depend on it.