Our society should focus more on the air we breathe rather than what a celebrity ate for breakfast. Majority of people count calories and avoid junk food only to go outside and breathe in toxic air which is full of harmful particles.
If you are living in an industrial town especially in the Bay Area in Contra Costa County, you should be aware that all the businesses which are there emit around 3 million pounds of toxic chemicals in the air. In addition to this, one of the biggest polluters in the area has released around 500,000 pounds of chemicals in the air. The toxins are made out of benzene (a carcinogen chemical), lead and butane.
Air pollution is a serious problem and it does not get as much attention as it should. We breathe air that is full of dust particles and chemicals which cause cancer and heart diseases. You should pay as much attention to the air you breathe as your diet.
What is air pollution?
The air we breathe has 4 pollutants and all of them are putting our health at risk. Scientists have found that these chemicals can trigger premature deaths. They are:
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Sulphur Dioxide
- Particulate Matter
In this context, you should know that size matters and the smaller it is the more harmful they are. If they are a diameter of around 8 microns they can actually penetrate your lungs and thus create lung diseases. You should know that Nitrogen Dioxide is made out burned fuel by cars and ships, Ozone is the reaction of sunlight and air toxins, Sulphur Dioxide is a colourless gas that is produced by fossil fuels. Finally, Particulate Matter is a mixture of solid and liquid particles which are suspended in the air.
Does the quality of our air matter?
It matters immensely. It’s probably one of the most important things because it does not matter what age or how healthy you are. If you breathe in that toxic air, you will eventually develop health problems. Polluted air causes death especially in areas where people live in poverty and industrial areas. The more you breathe in the toxic air the more likely it is that you will develop respiratory problems and lung cancer. There are not just these chemicals in the air, there’s also dust particles that can affect our lungs. Researchers have suggested that the more you are exposed to it, the more likely it is that you can develop asthma. The World Health Organisation has highlighted that only 10% of world’s population has lived in areas which have met the WHO regulations.
How do you protect yourself and those you love
There are many ways in which you can protect your family. You need to encourage everyone you know to get involved and create healthier air. Even if it means that you have to expose yourself to the polluted air it, you will create better air for children and their children. You have to remember the saying, the world is not yours, not your children nor your children’s children. Make the world better so we can all live in harmony and in good health. Below are the things which you can do in order to protect yourself from the toxic air:
- Check pollution statuses as often as you can.
- Avoid going outside when the pollution levels are high
- Purchase an air purifier
- Close your windows as much as you can and use an air purifier
- Cycle, walk or run to places rather than driving your car
- Avoid burning firewood because it releases chemicals into the air in your home
- Ban smoking in the house
Out of all of these, purchasing an air purifier is one of the most efficient ways in which you can protect your indoor space from the toxins outside. They are built with a system that cleans the air from contaminants. They are commonly used in hospitals and homes all over America. The air filters will trap the chemicals inside and force out clean air that is a pleasure to breathe in. They are not expensive and they are described to be one of the best investments you can make because they last for many years to come and they also help if you have any allergies. As well as, you do not have to avoid smoking in the house because it removes any bad smells.
To wrap it up
There are many things you can do in order to protect your inside area from the harmful chemicals that are found in the air we breathe. Even though you try to have a balanced lifestyle, you can develop various diseases just from the air. In order to know what we do, you must first understand the dangers of it.
Stay healthy and look out for one another!