A week on from Clean Air Day 2020, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is highlighting a free service to residents who may experience health problems due to occasional poor air quality.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is part of the Surrey airAlert consortium.
airAlert is a service that sends free messages direct to people informing them about local air pollution levels in the area the day before air pollution is expected to occur.
Air pollution can cause both short term and long term effects on health and many people are concerned about pollution in the air that they breathe. These people may include those with heart or lung conditions or other breathing problems and those people who look after someone whose health is sensitive to pollution.
airAlert is intended for people with respiratory health problems who may be affected by air pollution.
Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safer Communities Committee explained “The council is responsible for investigating complaints and responding to pollution incidents in relation to air quality, industrial pollution, bonfires, dust, fumes and odour. This is in addition to routine day to day monitoring of pollution and regulation of industrial processes.
“However, air quality here can be affected by events outside of the borough, the county and even the country.
“airAlert is an incredibly useful for tool that the council has invested in for residents to use free of charge. If it prevents just one person from having a serious issue and an emergency visit to hospital, it is a sound investment, and we know that over 600 people have downloaded it”.
airAlert can be downloaded https://airalert.info/Surrey/Default.aspx
Generally if you are young and in a good state of health, moderate air pollution levels are unlikely to have any serious short term effects. However, elevated levels and/or long term exposure to air pollution can lead to more serious symptoms and conditions affecting human health. This mainly affects the respiratory and inflammatory systems, but can also lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. People with lung or heart conditions may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution.