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How to Protect Yourself from Air Pollution Amidst Rising Delhi NCR Pollution

Explore the steps to shield yourself from the health risks of air pollution, ensuring a cleaner, healthier life amidst rising urban smog.

Shivangi Rai
Every small action you take contributes to a cleaner, safer environment for yourself and future generations. (Image Courtesy- Canva)
Every small action you take contributes to a cleaner, safer environment for yourself and future generations. (Image Courtesy- Canva)

Delhi-NCR remained trapped in 'severe' air pollution for the third consecutive day due to stubble burning and adverse weather conditions, causing health concerns and affecting millions of people posing a significant threat to our health and well-being.

But fear not, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the harmful effects of air pollution.

  1. Monitor Air Quality

Stay informed about local air quality levels by using apps or websites that provide real-time updates. When the air quality index (AQI) is high, it's a sign that you should limit outdoor activities.

  1. Choose the Right Times

Plan your outdoor activities during times when air pollution levels are lower, typically during the early morning or late evening. Avoid exercising during rush hour or near industrial areas.

  1. Invest in High-Quality Masks

When outdoor air quality is poor, consider wearing a well-fitted N95 mask or a respirator mask. These masks can filter out a significant portion of harmful particles and protect your respiratory system.

  1. Improve Indoor Air Quality

Create a safe haven inside your home by using air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters. Regularly open windows for fresh air, but only when outdoor air quality is good.

  1. Houseplants

Certain indoor plants like spider plants, peace lilies, and snake plants can help improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants. Decorate your home with these natural air purifiers.

  1. Avoid Smoking

Quit smoking, and avoid second hand smoke exposure. Smoking not only damages your lungs but also contributes to indoor air pollution.

  1. Choose Alternative Transportation

Reduce your carbon footprint and exposure to air pollution by walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation whenever possible.

  1. Create Green Spaces

Support local initiatives that promote urban green spaces. Trees and plants can absorb pollutants and improve air quality in your community.

Thus, by following these simple steps, you can minimize your exposure to harmful pollutants and lead a healthier lifestyle. Remember, every small action you take contributes to a cleaner, safer environment for yourself and future generations. So, go ahead and start breathing easier today!

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