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CLEAN AIR DAY TAKES PLACE ON THURSDAY, 21 JUNE

It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issue of air pollution, as well as the steps you can take to improve air quality both in your local area as well as your home.

We know that air pollution impacts on our health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer (particularly lung cancer), diabetes and asthma attacks.

There are a number of causes of air pollution including emissions from cars, particularly diesel cars, cars not being well maintained and open fires and stoves.

There are simple steps you can do to help reduce pollution and protect yourself and your family. 

These are:-
•  Use your feet - leave your car at home and walk, cycle, take the bus. As well as cutting down on the amount of pollution you make, you can get some exercise too!

•  Switch your engine off when stationary - you’ll help to make the air cleaner for you, other drivers and pedestrians.

•  When upgrading your car, consider a low polluting alternative such as an electric or LPG model, which will also save you money on road tax too.

•  Save your log burner for the cold winter - consider Defra-approved stoves, use authorised fuel and only light your wood burner when you really have too.

•  BBQs are often an overlooked source of air pollution. Use dry, seasoned wood or smokeless fuels to reduce yours and your neighbours exposure.

•  Open your windows when cooking or using cleaning products.

•  Ensure you have your boiler regularly serviced.

On 21 June (and beyond), residents are being asked to make a pledge to support Clean Air Day.  

This could include pledging to leave your car at home, walking the kids to school and turning off your engine when you’re not moving and consume less energy which will produce less pollution (eg switching off lights that aren’t needed at home, only filling your kettle with water for what you need and only running the washing machine when you have a full load). All of these small steps can make a big difference.

Further information about Clean Air Day and other ideas to help you minimise pollution can be found on www.cleanairday.org.uk or follow the day’s activities on Twitter @cleanairdayuk

Posted by Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton on June 6th, 2018

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