Our Environmental Health officers were out and about on Clean Air Day 2019 (20 June) talking to local parents and school children about air pollution.
They spoke to parents on the school run at Epping Primary School, offering advice about pollution, particularly leaving engines running while stationary, and to children about what they understand about clean air and pollution.
Air pollution is an umbrella term for lots of different types of pollution in the air. For the most part it is invisible to the naked eye, so just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
We’re also doing our bit to reduce pollution in our district by trialling electric vans.
Over the summer we have two electric vehicles in our frontline services. The new vans are much more cost effective and fit with the council’s vision for a low carbon district. If successful we could well be looking to them to replace our ageing diesel fleet.
“This council has a vision for becoming a low carbon district,” said Cllr Aniket Patel, Cabinet member for Commercial and Regulatory services. “Not only are we committed to reducing the environmental impact of our own vehicle fleet but also encouraging residents, businesses and colleagues to take a greener approach to activities in their business and private lives.”
To help reduce air pollution we can:
- Walk, cycle or take public transport to work or school
- Use quieter streets when on a bike or on foot to avoid polluted main roads
- Go electric – with electric cars, taxis
- Turn off our engines when stationary in our vehicles
At home we can:
- Open windows and use extractor fans when cooking or using cleaning products. But close windows near busy roads during rush hours
- Use fragrance-free milder cleaning products
- Only burn dry, well-seasoned wood or smokeless fuel on stoves, open fires or barbeques
- Have your boiler serviced regularly
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