Children in particular are at high risk against ultrafine pollution particles (particulate matters that are equal or less than 2.5 microns in diameter). These pollutants can readily enter the blood stream and travel through the body to the brain, which can lead to serious long-term and irreversible damage.
There are many ways to address air pollution for immediate and long-term relief. Some of these include;
- Keep your windows open to allow fresh air flow. As the indoor air pollution is up to 5 times higher than the outside, it is better to keep the air circulating.
- Avoid burning of scented candles and incense indoors. Toxins from paraffin candles (which are as harmful as diesel fumes) and chemicals from incense, can adversely affect your lungs.
- The beddings and other textile materials should be regularly cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. You can also wash bedding at least once a week to reduce allergens in the sleep environment.
- Limit or completely remove carpets as they tend to trap unhealthy micro particles such as dirt, dust, mites, and fungi. Synthetic rugs can also be a source of microplastics that are extremely harmful when inhaled. Vacuum carpets twice in a month to eliminate the existence of pollution related particles.
- Keep and use natural cleaning products as much as possible since chemical-based cleaning agents may release gases and particles that can pollute the air. Some natural cleaners can be white vinegar, baking soda, lemons, washing soda, etc.
- Shun from the use of perfumes, deodorants, hair spray, and other forms of chemicals.
- Wash new clothes before the first use to prevent chemicals (that are used in the manufacturing process) from entering the air.
- Smoking indoors should be strictly prohibited. A study by San Diego State University states that cigarette smoke has emerged as a major source of airborne particles in homes with smokers.
- Planting indoor plants can be a great way to combat air pollution naturally. As per NASA, Ivy and Peace Lilly plants are best suited for this purpose. In the long run, plant more trees, make conscious efforts to reduce air pollution by means such as car-pooling, avoid burning plastics and leaves, practice proper disposal of wastes, and educate others on the importance of keeping air clean and green
- Invest in a high-quality and precision air purifier for closed areas where you tend to spend most of your time to protect your kids and family.
Your own conscious efforts in combating air pollution can help the children of today and tomorrow breathe clean and easy.
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