Clean Air Day is Thursday, 20 June and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issue of air pollution, as well as the steps you can take to improve air quality both in your local area as well as your home.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “We know that air pollution impacts on our health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer (particularly lung cancer), diabetes and asthma attacks, but there are some simple steps we can all take to help reduce pollution.”
Steps to help reduce pollution includes:-
- Leave your car at home and walk, cycle or take the bus
- Switch off your engine when stationary
- When upgrading your car, consider a low polluting alternative such as an electric or LPG model (which will also save you money on road tax too)
- Save your log burner for the cold winter – consider Defra-approved stoves, use authorised fuel and only light your wood burner when you really have too
- BBQs are often an overlooked source of air pollution. Use dry, seasoned wood or smokeless fuels.
- Open your windows when cooking or using cleaning products
- Ensure you have your boiler regularly serviced
Further information about Clean Air Day and other ideas to help you minimise pollution can be found on www.cleanairday.org.uk.