Air pollution warning issued to Londoners
Air pollution warnings has been issued at at bus stops, tube stations and roadsides in London alerting millions of Londoners that they are in danger of breathing in toxic fumes.
It is the first time that warning has been announced since the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pledged to tell people in the capital when pollution was harmfully high, reports The Telegraph.
The report said people who are experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, a cough or sore throat has been advised to consider reducing their activity, particularly outdoors.
Khan said: “Londoners need to know when the city is suffering from high pollution levels so they can take any necessary appropriate measures to protect themselves from poor air quality. This is particularly crucial for Londoners who are vulnerable, such as asthma sufferers.”
The alerts were being displayed at 2,500 bus stops and river piers, the entrances of all 270 Tube stations and on 140 signs next to the busiest main roads into London with instructions to switch engines off when stationary to reduce emissions.
It has also been advised that parent should take care when they take out their bay outside because of toxic levels of air pollution. It is though that children are more vulnerable because they are closer to exhaust level.
Romain Lacombe, the chief executive of Plume Labs, which monitors pollution told The Telegraph that: “We are not saying that you should not go out with your baby. We are advising to avoid major roads and high traffic areas.”
Martin Williams, professor of Air Quality at Kings College, who has been working with FLIR Systems to produce video technology which allows people to see air pollution, said any people do not realise how bad conditions are because they cannot see the fumes.