Health Hazards of Air Pollution
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 2.4 million people die each year from causes directly related to air pollution. This includes both outdoor and indoor air pollution. Worldwide, there are more deaths linked to air pollution each year than to car accidents.
Respiratory system disorders are directly related to air pollution. These disorders have severe effects on human health, some leading to death directly related to air pollution.
Air pollution related respiratory disorders include asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Asthma is a respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing, coughing, and a feeling of constriction in the chest.
Bronchitis is inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes of the lungs.
Emphysema is a deadly lung disease characterized by abnormal enlargement of air spaces in the lungs and destruction of the lung tissue.
Protecting Yourself from Air Pollution:
*Make sure that vents and chimneys are working properly, and never burn charcoal indoors.
*Place carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
*Keep your home as clean as possible from pet dander, dust, dust mites, and mold.
*Make sure air conditioning systems are working properly.
Air-pollution can directly cause deaths due to illnesses like asthma and emphysema or indirectly cause deaths by increasing your risk of cancer.
There are steps you can take to decrease your exposure to indoor air pollution, such as having carbon monoxide detectors in your home and keeping your home as clean as possible from pet dander, dust, dust mites, and mold.