Everyone knows pollution is bad for health, but did you know that it can be especially harmful to children? A recent article by WHO reports that more than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air daily. Due to their rapid breathing, children are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help protect your kids from outdoor air pollution.
KEEP AN EYE ON AIR QUALITY REPORTS
Many cities now offer real-time air quality reporting, so take advantage of this information and plan your family’s activities accordingly. If the air quality is poor, stick to indoor activities or head to places where traffic and exhaust fumes are less prevalent.
CHECK LOCAL SMOG ALERTS
Smog is a type of pollution that’s particularly hazardous to children’s lungs. If there’s a smog alert in your area, be sure to limit your child’s time outdoors.
AVOID PEAK TRAFFIC TIMES
Traffic is one of the biggest sources of outdoor pollution. Try and avoid taking the roads around peak times. This might mean leaving for errands a little earlier or later than usual. However, it will be worth it to know that you’re not exposing your family to pollutants.
KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED WHEN POLLEN COUNTS ARE HIGH
If your child is allergic to pollen, pay attention to local pollen counts and keep windows closed on days when the count is high. You may also consider investing in an air purifier.
CHOOSE PLAYGROUNDS WISELY
Playgrounds located near busy roads or factories are likely to have higher levels of pollutants, so try to find a playground in a park or other green space instead. And when you’re at the playground, make sure your child isn’t picking up any dirt or sand—both of which may contain pollutants.