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Breathing cleaner air

Published: 30 May 2019

Simple ways to improve air quality and look after your health

Did you know that air pollution affects us from our first breath to our last? Damage to our health can start as early as when we're a baby and carry on through into old age.

Surrey is a beautiful place to live and work, but cars are the main source of air pollution which is affecting our health. Reducing how often we use the car to get around can improve air quality for everyone in the county. Whether it's changing the way you do the school run or how you get to and from work, there are small things we can all do to help us breathe cleaner air now and in generations to come. Simple ways include…

  • Travel by your own steam – Walk, scoot or cycle to school instead of taking the car. Even doing this a few times a week can help reduce air pollution.
  • Public transport – Catch the bus or train instead of driving. This is a more sustainable way of getting around the county.
  • Turn your engine off – If you're stationary outside schools or train crossings, turning your engine off while you wait can help the environment and save your fuel too.
  • Park and stride – If you need to drive, why not park further away and walk the rest of your journey? It will avoid congestion in towns and outside schools and will increase your physical activity.

Air pollution can impact on everyone's health, but older adults, children, pregnant women and people with long term chronic conditions, may be more vulnerable to the effects than others. For more information about how air quality can affect yours and your family's health, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

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