Diwali symbolises different things to different people; a festival of lights, the time to gorge on sweets, a night to dress up in your best Indian attire and so much more. But the festival is also infamous for the fireworks. Bursting crackers not only affects people’s health but also leaves a rising trail of pollution in its wake.
As bursting firecrackers continue to affect the environment during the festive season, burning of crops and the change in season adds its fair share to the rise in air pollution. The air quality index has increased at an alarming rate in the last few years, and this year is no different. According to an International Commission Report, India accounts for the highest pollution-related deaths in the world (source – NDTV). While air pollution is a concern throughout the year, the week after Diwali is a bane for people with respiratory disorders, especially children and senior citizens. Studies suggest that the air India breathes is turning more toxic by the day, causing an average of two deaths per day due to air pollution.
Outdoor air pollution is unhealthy for people, but sadly it doesn’t just stop there. The polluted air enters your home and your lungs, making you and your family prone to allergies and respiratory concerns. The other undermined factor contributing to respiratory concerns is poor indoor air quality. Research has shown that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. The major sources of indoor air pollution are fumes released while cooking, anti-pest sprays, tobacco smoke, Volatile Organic Compounds released from domestic cleaning agents, paints, adhesives, etc. Another source of this concern is poor ventilation of indoor air, because of which the stale and polluted air continues to be in the home itself.
With the idea of not further adding to the air pollution this year, people have been quite conscientious and responsible with bursting firecrackers. Many switched to a ‘no crackers Diwali’ motto and served their part in bringing a change. Just as people are taking steps to reduce outdoor air pollution, you should also take measures to curb indoor air pollution.
Here are a few other measures you can take to protect yourself from the the ill-effects of air pollution:
- Wear an anti-pollution mask while you step out to protect yourself
- Use safe, chemical-free products for household chores
- Avoid smoking indoors
- Place potted plants in your home to have fresh indoor air
- Avoid stepping out in the presence of thick smog
- Improve your home’s ventilation
- Invest in an air purifier
One of the most effective ways to cope with the issue of rising air pollution in your homes is investing in an air purifier. Air purifiers help to remove pollutants, contaminants, and smoke from the air you breathe, making it safe and pure to breathe.
Amidst all the festivities and celebrations, the environment takes a huge hit. Not just that, your health too is impacted. While we bring about a change and celebrate Diwali in an environmentally friendly way, it’s a slow and long process. To protect yourself and your family from the threats of indoor air pollution, bring home a Dr. Aeroguard air purifier today. It offers a range of air purifiers suitable for every need and space, giving you pure and healthy air to breathe.