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Avoid air pollution when you can | What can I do about air pollution | Birmingham City Council

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Avoid air pollution when you can

Here are five tips for how to avoid polluted air:

  • Use quieter streets when you’re on a bike or on foot to lower your exposure to air pollution by 20%.
  • Car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist: so avoid sitting in your car in heavy traffic where possible.
  • Walk on the inside of the pavement or on the opposite side to queuing traffic to stay as far away as possible from exhaust fumes.
  • There are about ten to 20 high pollution days a year when it’s better to avoid working out too hard if you have a heart or lung condition. Check day-to-day pollution levels in your area.
  • Blocking out air pollution helps, so close windows during rush hour if you live or work on a busy street.