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It's time to clear the air

Published: 27 September 2018

Simple steps you can take to improve air quality around schools

Travelling to school by car can contribute to air pollution around schools which children are breathing in. Changing how you travel to school, even if it's just a few times a week, will help children breath cleaner air and walking, cycling or scooting to school is great for you and your child's health and wellbeing.

Road traffic is the main source of air pollution in Surrey. This pollution can affect children's lung-growth, increase symptoms in those with asthma and contribute to chronic illnesses later in their lives.

And you may be surprised to learn that even when you're inside your car you are not protected from air pollution. This is because you're in a confined space collecting pollution from vehicles around you. So it's really worth considering how else you could get to school each day and leave the car at home if you can.

If driving is the only way you can get the children to school on time, there are a few small changes you could make to help improve the air children breathe. It may be easier than you think.

  • Park a little further away and walk the rest – areas further away from the school may be quieter so it could be easier and quicker to find a parking space.
  • Turn the engine off while you wait – you'll reduce how much fuel you use so may save money too.

To find out more about how you can fill your children's heads with fresh ideas and not exhaust fumes, visit the Healthy Surrey Air Quality webpage.

Surrey County Council is working with the Surrey Air Alliance, a partnership with district and boroughs to address local air quality issues.

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