Air Pollution – Harmful effects Prevention and Control

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Most of this air pollution is a result of burning fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, natural gas and gasoline to produce our vehicles. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a good indicator of how much fossil fuel is burned and how many other pollutants are released

Protect yourself from the toxic effects of pollution. Follow below tips to keep yourself and your family protected:

  1. Use N95/ N99 face masks: These are available in medical stores and are priced between Rs. 100 – 200. Use plain masks in case you can’t find these.
  2. Wash Eyes frequently: In case your eyes are burning, wash frequently with cold water and use artificial lubricants, such as Refresh tears.
  3. Stay Indoors: Avoid walks/ exercise out in the open. Gyms/ closed spaces are alright. Stay indoors as much as possible.
  4. Drink water: Drink lots of water to flush out toxins from your system.
  5. Take Natural Detoxifiers: Consumption of Aloe Vera Juice, Triphala powder, jiggery, citrus fruits and Chyawanprash is recommended. They help in detoxification and increase immunity.
  6. Steam: Suffocation can be helped through inhalation of vapors from tea. Use a tea bag in a steamer and inhale it.
  7. Avoid Air Fresheners: Potentially harmful smog can form inside homes through reactions between air-fresheners and ozone. The reactions generate formaldehyde, classed as a probable carcinogen, and related compounds that maybe responsible for respiratory problems.
  8. Ventilation: Open the doors/windows for ventilation only in the afternoon. Mornings and evenings are toxic these days.

On Days when High Particle Levels are Expected, Take the below Extra Measures to Reduce Pollution:

  • Reduce the number of trips you take in your car.
  • Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
  • Avoid burning leaves, trash, and other materials.
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.

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