Staying Healthy

How to safeguard against air pollution

Dec 5th, 2017

by Alec Lower

Here are a few ways to combat and protect against air pollution.

How to safeguard against air pollution

Here are a few ways to combat and protect against air pollution.

by Alec Lower

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization, 1 in 8 people die from air pollution. Air pollution has also been linked to heart disease, strokes, and cancer. As a result, the organization declared, "Air pollution is the single greatest environmental health risk in the world today."

Common pollution sources include smoke, pet dander, dust, and mold. Pollution levels vary from region to region, but they continue to pose a serious environmental risk.

Reduce Use of Motor Vehicles

  • Ride your bicycle or walk instead of driving.
  • Take a bus or train instead of your car.
  • Carpool.
  • Refuel your vehicle at night, since hot temperatures and gasoline fumes produce ground-level ozone.
  • Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Safeguard Your Home

  • Don’t allow people to smoke indoors.
  • Remove shoes at the doorway to keep from tracking mud and dust into the house.
  • Wash your bedding weekly to remove dust mites.
  • Dust regularly with a damp rag.
  • Vacuum regularly to remove dust mites.

Alec Lower
Alec Lower
Social Media and Content Specialist
After graduating from NC State, I joined Second Nature in the summer of 2018. I have always loved writing and enjoy blogging on subjects that are important to families and homeowners. Outside of work, I love to fish and am a huge college sports fan.