Have you ever wondered how clean our air is on a typical, smoggy day and the air we breathe: Is it safe? When it gets uncomfortable, how safe is it to go outside? These are some of the questions that we should try to understand: So here the discussions regarding all these questions.
First of all many of the people have not heard the word ‘smog’, and they misunderstand this word with ‘fog’ but let me clear the fact that it’s not a fog actually its smog which is derived from the amalgam of these two words i.e Smoke+Fog=Smog. Smog is a form of air pollution and mixture of many pollutants’ in the wind. Sources of smog includes:
- Coal-fired power generation stations
- Pollutants carried by the wind
Smog comes from local sources thus can travels with wind, both urban and rural areas can experience smoggy days. Smog is unhealthy to humans and animals and can kill plants, Smog is ugly it makes the sky look brown or gray.
Now a days as you can see the news headlines i.e Delhi wakes up to choking blanket of smog as air pollution reaches ‘dangerous’ level, having the adverse effect on people’s health, on school going students and working class.
The major problems that people are facing due to it are:
- Itching in eyes.
- Throat irritation.
- Chest congestion.
- Shortening of breath.
- Heart problems.
Not only people are affected by it but also the transport too is affected. Regular accidents are happening, trains and flights are being late. The most adverse effect is on the poor people living on the roadsides not having proper shelter to protect themselves from this disaster.
The current condition is due to the stubble burring of the fields in the areas of Punjab and Haryana which is affecting the neighbouring areas too.
The govt. has undertaken many laws to reduce the level of pollution which of some includes restrictions on what chemicals a factory can release into the atmosphere or when the factory can release them, the construction sites are strictly said to be closed for 10-12 days. The schools should remain close until the level of pollution reduces. Parking rates are also increased so that people should avoid their personal vehicle instead of that one must use public transport like Metro. Odd even concept is relaunched.
As we know, with major pollutants across all the monitoring stations in the regions crossing ‘severe’ level, here are few tips and advisories that can help you to take care of yourselves and your loved ones during this Deadly Delhi Smog:
- Restrict outdoor activities as much as possible, and if you are going outside you should cover yourselves, wear mask all the time. Ensure your eyes, nose, mouth and ears are covered, while it’s not a foolproof method, it certainly limits the amount of toxins we inhale.
- Stop indulging in junk and fast food. Oily and fatty foods can create additional stress in your body when dealing with the hazardous smog.
- The patients suffering from respiratory problems should avoid going outside and should be well covered in their homes, as it can make their conditions more adverse.
- Drive less: – Carpool, ride a bike, walk or use transit.
One must follow these tips to safeguard their lives.
If we all do our part we can improve the air quality for everyone…
Author: Charu Arora.