‘Emer­gency’ smog warn­ing

Mayor says he will keep Lon­don­ers in­formed about pol­lu­tion lev­els

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - NEWS - by Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HEAVY air pol­lu­tion alerts were is­sued for west London last week as London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned com­muters of the spike.

Res­i­dents with breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties were warned to stay in­doors as much as pos­si­ble from Wed­nes­day and over the next few days.

West­min­ster , Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham , City of London and Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea bor­oughs were warned that lev­els were ex­pected to shoot up for at least three days.

The warn­ing was ex­pected to recorded as ‘mod­er­ate’ on the scale for most, with West­min­ster la­belled as ‘high’.

Mayor Khan said: “London’s dirty air is a pub­lic health emer­gency.

“We will con­tinue to use all the tech­nol­ogy at our dis­posal to in­form Lon­don­ers about lev­els of air pol­lu­tion in their neigh­bour­hoods.”

London’s an­nual le­gal limit for air pol­lu­tion has been reached al­ready in the first month.

An­drew Proc­tor, di­rec­tor of ad­vice and sup­port at Asthma UK, said: “Two thirds of peo­ple with asthma tell us that poor air qual­ity makes their asthma worse, which puts them at a higher risk of an asthma at­tack.

“This prac­ti­cal way of get­ting in­for­ma­tion across could pre­vent a bad day for peo­ple with asthma and be a life­saver for the 600,000 peo­ple liv­ing with asthma in London.”

Ad­vice from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment has in­structed peo­ple with breath­ing con­di­tions to stay in­doors as much as pos­si­ble over the days of higher pol­lu­tion. Older peo­ple are ad­vised to avoid ex­er­tion.

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HAZE HANGING: Air pol­lu­tion and smog in cen­tral London – alerts were is­sued last week as lev­els spiked

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