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What can I do?

Air pollution is a big health issue, but there are things that we can all do to make ourselves, our families and others safer.

Even small reductions in air pollution could help us to avoid new cases of disease. Here are our top actions:

  • Walk, wheel or cycle more, especially using the back streets away from polluting traffic.

  • Avoid unnecessary burning at home (e.g. in a stove or open fire) unless it is your only source of heat.

  • If you rely on wood for your heating, use 'ready to burn' materials (e.g. dry wood or approved manufactured solid fuels), and try to ensure that your appliance is eco-design accredited.

  • If you do have to drive, switch your engine off when you're stationary, and try to choose electric vehicles where you can.

Follow the links below for even more information and more ideas for actions that you can take at home and when out and about.