The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is forecasting High air pollution to affect West Sussex today. Air pollution can cause adverse health impacts. Air pollution levels are expected to drop to Low tomorrow.
According to forecasts from DEFRA the levels of pollutants in the air will be at the highest level possible on the measuring scale. Forecasts, available on the DEFRA website, show that pollution is set to be at ‘level 10’.
Adults and children with heart or lung problems are at greater risk of symptoms. Follow your doctor’s usual advice about exercising and managing your condition. It is possible that very sensitive individuals may experience health effects even on Low air pollution days.
Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms.
People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Make sure you carry your medication with you. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
Last month one of South East England’s Euro-MPs suggested that free public transport should be made available on days with high pollution to cut the number of vehicles on the road. Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s MEP for South East England, made the proposal after the city of Paris provided free public transport to cut smog levels.
Responding to the latest smog wave Mr Taylor said: “These extremely high levels of pollution highlight just how serious a threat bad air is to our health.
Episodes like this often have a number of contributing factors. What seems clear is that towns and cities across South East England need to reduce the level of air pollution in their streets by cutting the amount of traffic. But on top of that it’s clear that our Government must play a role in pushing for stronger air pollution laws from the European Union, rather than trying to water down the rules we already have.
The air in our towns and cities needs to be cleaned up. To do that we need to reduce the amount of traffic and bring in cleaner alternative transport options. This smog, which is affecting Northern France as well as Southern Britain, shows just how important it is that we work with out European
neighbours in creating laws that protect our environment and our health.”