Everyone in the media is feeding a lot of information about crackers, government, sentiments of the festival and air-pollution. How did this air pollution become so political all of a sudden? Just about a couple of years ago, nobody thought that this will be a topic that will be discussed in Supreme Court, in Parliament and that there will be a law for bursting crackers that would make one end up in jail for doing so.
We are not going to talk about any of that or about the nitty
But lets discuss remedies for once (atleast) when the world is busy about the problem statement only.
Everyone is talking about the intensity of air pollution, how bad it is and everyone
Lets break down the components of air pollution and come up with ways on how to deal with them and stay protected.
1. Dealing with PM2.5:
PM2.5 is the number 1
a. Clean all curtains and window panes,
b. Close all windows in the evening 5 hours before you go to bed. Lock the
c. Place wet cloth all over your room so PM2.5, PM1
d. Remove wet cloth and mope the floor.
c. Keep your AC Clean. Power it on and let it remain in sleep mode
This will ensure PM2.5 is minimal. Turn on an air purifier if you have one. Use a PM2.5 sensor to measure air pollution, especially if you have children. The PM2.5 reading should be under 40.
2. Dealing with CO
CO should be a concern if you live close to a busy street. CO is emitted mostly out of burning something, more so when you burn Diesel (along with SO2, NO2).
a. Dont have anything at home that burns anything. From Tobacco burning (in cigars, cigarettes etc., ) to burning wood, garbage around the house, heater furnaces, also can cause CO accumulation at home.
b. CO can cause flu. Identify if you are already affected by CO.
Identifying CO poisoning can be difficult because the symptoms are similar to the flu. CO is often called the “silent killer” because people will ignore early signs and eventually lose consciousness and be unable to escape to safety.
For most people, the first signs of exposure include mild headache and breathlessness with moderate exercise. Continued exposure can lead to more severe headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. Eventually symptoms may progress to confusion, irritability, impaired judgment and coordination, and loss of consciousness.
You can tell the difference between CO poisoning and the flu with these clues:
- You feel better when you are away from home
isthe home is sick at the same time (the flu virus usually spreads from person to person)
- The family members most
effectedspend the most time in the house
- Indoor pets appear ill
- You don’t have a fever or body aches, and you don’t have swollen lymph nodes that are common with the flu and some other infections
- Symptoms appear or seem to get worse when using fuel-burning equipment
3. Dealing with Smog
Smog is comprised of NO2, SO2, O3, CO2 and other Volatile organic components like HCHO (Formaldehyde), Benzene etc., When these combine with eachother due to drop in temperature they form SMOG. It makes you feel like its a beautiful winter fog in your city that you are so proud of. But its a black, poisonous, fatal and ugly smog! Dont be all so happy about it, it kills millions of people every day.
- Traveling in closed vehicles is recommended when going out of
home. You can also buy a portable car air purifier to ensure that your vehicle stays protected from PM and VOC.
- Buy a mask which offers protection from PM5 pollutants, wear it when out in open public spaces.
- Buy a portable or a home air purifier for protection from indoor air pollution Air purifiers that come with HEPA filters offer the best results in clearing out pollutants from the ambient air.
- Getting some indoor plants such as Aloe Vera, Indian Basil
andSpider Plant is also a good idea, as these plants offer protection from formaldehyde and benzene pollutants.
- Keep the children and elderly from engaging in outdoor and strenuous activities on smoggy days.
- Do not go to Gym if you are in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur etc., Do nothing cardio-intensive workouts
- Use a Smog detector device that will tell you when to workout.
These are the main air pollutants that hurt people. There is barely any breathable air left. Hence do not burn anything, do not burn garbage, which accounts for 12% of air pollution during winters in cities like Delhi. Crackers are once a year thing, but garbage burning is continuous.
Do not burn anything. Everytime you light that match stick, you take away 5 minutes of breathable air. You burn garbage, all that garbage you burn will become a permanent part of your body. It doesn’t go anywhere.
And always, being aware helps. Thats why we built the air pollution app