Liv­ing and Mov­ing in Delhi

Where Ev­ery Breath Is Killing

Consumer Voice - - Living & Moving In delhi -

Is it be­cause the killer is not ac­tu­ally vis­i­ble that we all act blind? Or is it that we are in a state of de­nial? Or maybe we be­lieve it is all a hoax or even a con­spir­acy the­ory. Af­ter all, how can the coun­try’s cap­i­tal – home to the prime min­is­ter and the pres­i­dent – be the most pol­luted city in the world?

Last year, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) de­clared that New Delhi ranked num­ber one in pol­lu­tion lev­els and had over­thrown Bei­jing from the top. It was cer­tainly the only podium fin­ish against the Chi­nese that no­body in In­dia cheered for.

The news came in at a time when In­dia was all gung-ho about its Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan, with top min­is­ters, bu­reau­crats and celebri­ties pos­ing with brooms go­ing vi­ral across media. Around the same pe­riod, Delhi’s newly formed gov­ern­ment had won the elec­tions with the ‘broom’ as its in­signia.

Now, if only the broom could solve the pol­lu­tion prob­lem, Delhi would be a fine place. Prac­ti­cally, though, the broom only in­creases the lev­els of par­tic­u­late mat­ter in air, which in Delhi had breached the dan­ger mark long time ago and is now on a con­sis­tent killing spree.

Par­tic­u­late can float in the air for min­utes or hours even though we can rarely see even the largest par­ti­cles with­out a beam of sun­light to help. Ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent of the dust in an av­er­age home will con­sist of pollen, mould spores, in­sect parts, mi­cro­scopic urine and fae­cal par­ti­cles from pet ac­ci­dents, dust mites, mite ex­cre­ment, and fi­bres from cloth­ing, car­pet, pa­per tow­els, tis­sues and toi­let pa­per. When in­haled, these dust par­ti­cles can trig­ger al­ler­gies and asthma, and cause a long list of ill-health ef­fects. Here are some ways to con­trol the dust in your home: of these pro­cesses do lit­tle to clean dust, but do a lot to send it fly­ing back into the air you breathe. Damp wip­ing, damp mop­ping, or vac­u­um­ing is the best way to col­lect dust rather than scat­ter­ing it. in­cur­sion, or sewer back-up, do not get rid of your car­pet. Car­pet ac­tu­ally helps to pre­vent dust par­ti­cles from re-en­ter­ing the air. It is, how­ever, very im­por­tant to regularly main­tain car­pet by clean­ing and vac­u­um­ing. Floors with wood, vinyl or tile cov­er­ings must be damp mopped much more fre­quently to keep par­ti­cles from re-cir­cu­lat­ing back into air you breathe. are im­por­tant but typ­i­cally are not enough to trap the more se­ri­ous ul­tra-fine par­ti­cles that go deep into the re­cesses of the lungs. Your vac­uum should there­fore have high-ef­fi­ciency par­tic­u­late air fil­tra­tion. Whether your vac­uum cleaner is bag or bag-less, they should al­ways be changed or emp­tied out­doors to pre­vent loose dust from read­ily re-con­tam­i­nat­ing your in­door air. Source: http://in­

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