Air quality in summer - Are we safe from the pollution?

Air quality in summer - Are we safe from the pollution?

Air pollution is a growing problem in the modern world. Smog is mainly associated with the autumn and winter period. With the arrival of a warm spring aura and summer, many people do not realize that the problem does not disappear completely and it can still affect our health.

Air pollution in summer

Although the air is cleaner and more pleasant in summer, the problem of air pollution does not disappear. Industry, power plants or transport operate continuously throughout the year, generating pollution. In addition, some houses still heat water and heat buildings on cooler days.

In large cities such as Warsaw, up to one million vehicles emit exhaust gas every day, which is a source of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Inhaling reduce oxygenation of the body, burden the defense ability against bacterial infections, cause breathing disorders and allergic diseases.

In addition, transport generates dust (including PM2.5) from braking systems, wearing tires and abrasive asphalt. The particles get into our lungs and bloodstream. These dusts, after falling on the road, are raised into the air by subsequent passing vehicles.

Los Angeles smog

During dry, hot days in large agglomerations, significant amounts of pollution from traffic combined with high temperature and sunlight causes photochemical changes, resulting in creating tropospheric ozone. This leads to forming "Los Angeles" smog, also known as photochemical type. Often it has the form of brown fog hovering over the city.

Under the influence of sunlight, chemical compounds contained in the exhaust gas create a dangerous mixture of gases and aerosols. In addition to hazardous ozone, it also includes acetyl peroxide nitrate and aldehydes that can have negative effects on human health. Headaches, eye-, skin- and respiratory- irritation, increased morbidity and allergies are just some of these effects.

In the autumn-winter period, additional pollution is generated by domestic furnaces fired with coal and other solid fuels. They are the source of so-called low emissions being the main source of London-type smog during winter. Its composition is dominated by harmful oxides of sulfur, carbon, nitrogen and benzo (a) pyrene and particulate matter PM10 and PM2,5.

Check air quality - it's worth protecting yourself when it gets worse. Anti-smog accessories will help you when you are outdoors. They will protect you and your loved ones from health-threatening pollutants, effectively blocking the dust contained in the smog from entering the lungs and body.