Pollution Protection

POLLUTION PROTECTION

Embrace your life in the city and live it to the full

With the right knowledge, advice and planning you can
protect yourself and your family against pollution, so you can embrace your city life to the full.

Here are some additional tips for living healthier lives in towns and cities:15,16

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When indoors:

 

  • Keep doors and windows closed to reduce air pollution from outside (unless in a smoke free area)
  • Window mesh screens can be a useful filter against large dust particles and are also effective in keeping insects out of the house
  • Indoor pollution can be reduced by bringing in air-purifying plants like Peace Lily, Florist’s Chrysanthemum, Golden Pothos, and English Ivy

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When outdoors:

 

  • In case of extreme air pollution avoid exercising outdoors. Breathing heavily when working out means that more particles enter deeper into the airways
  • Wear a reusable air mask such as the DETTOL SiTi SHIELD SMART Mask when outdoors. Simple paper and cloth masks cannot protect you from high levels of pollution
  • Use a predictive pollution monitor or app such as DETTOL SiTi SHIELD that provides instant air quality information. This will help you make better decisions about when to go outside and what precautions you need to take

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Reducing the health impact of air pollution:

 

  • Keep your indoor environment clean (use a vacuum cleaner to clean floor, carpet and sofa, use air purifiers)
  • Drink water to avoid dehydration, hydrated skin provides a protective barrier to air pollutants17
  • Trees reduce the amounts of PM in the air – you could plant a tree in your garden or take care of the trees in your local park
  • Take vitamins – such as antioxidants and Vitamin C and E to reduce the impact of pollutants in your body18
  • Body cleansing – you can wash your face, gargle and clean your nasal cavity to remove particulate residues
  • If you live in a highly polluted area, try to visit areas with cleaner air regularly, getting out of the city to the countryside
  • Be aware of the media forecasts of PM2.5 levels and avoid outdoor activity or exercise during highly polluted times or near polluted locations (roadways)
  • Cutting back on driving reduces pollutants in the air. Walk, ride a bicycle or use public transport when possible. Work from home if possible, or use a carpool
  • Make sure that the air filters of your car are replaced regularly

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