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Residents encouraged to tackle air pollution

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East Suffolk residents are being encouraged to take simple steps to protect their health, and the health of their families, from air pollution.

In the lead up to Clean Air Day on 20 June, East Suffolk Council’s Air Quality Officers are working with schools, workplaces and communities to help raise awareness of the causes of air pollution and how improved air quality can benefit health.

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign and aims to tackle and raise awareness of air pollution. Schools, hospitals and communities across the UK will be holding events to inspire local residents to act for their own health and the health of local children.

In preparation for Clean Air Day, Air Quality Officers have been visiting East Suffolk schools to speak with drivers about the pollution caused by idling vehicles and asking parents to switch off their engines outside schools.

Children have also been invited to become School Air Quality Ambassadors and will attend an air quality lesson at the Council’s offices in both Lowestoft and Melton next month.

Phil Gore, Head of Environmental Services and Port Health at East Suffolk Council said: “Air pollution has serious health impacts with dirty air contributing to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK. We want to raise awareness of the simple things people can do in their everyday lives to improve air quality. Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and family and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.”

As well as outdoor air pollution, residents are also being asked to consider the air quality in their homes. There are many ways to improve indoor air quality; including opening windows when cooking or using cleaning products, regularly servicing your boiler to ensure there are no carbon monoxide leaks and avoiding artificial scents in the products used at home.