Air pollution is made up of a mixture of gases and particles that have been released into the atmosphere by man-made processes.

The majority of harmful gases and chemicals are emitted through human activity, such as vehicle exhaust fumes, burning fossil fuels and the emissions from agriculture and industry.

Air pollution affects everyone. However, children, pregnant women, older people and people with medical conditions like asthma are particularly vulnerable.

Actions that you can take to protect your health:

  • Keep windows open when possible, but avoid doing this at rush hour if you live on a busy road
  • Use quieter streets to avoid traffic if using active modes of travel like walking or cycling
  • Consider limiting the use of log burners at home if you have one.
  • Get help to quit smoking and keep a smoke free house, particularly if you have small children
  • Use an extractor fan on your cooker hood when using the hob

Simple ways to reduce your air pollution:

  • Turn your car engine off when you’re waiting in traffic
  • Use active modes of travel like walking or cycling.
  • Use public transport instead of a car
  • Recycle your waste, don’t burn it
  • Service your central heating boiler regularly so it runs as efficiently 
  • Conserve energy by switching off lights, filling the kettle with just what you need and only running the washing machine when you have a full load