London is one of the most enigmatic cities on the planet. Living in London opens you up to all kinds of career opportunities and the chance to explore some of the best museums, attractions and restaurants in the country, but it can also pose risks for your health. London air pollution is higher than other parts of the country.
Exposure to London air pollution may have an adverse effect on your health. If you work or live in London, you may be at greater risk of accidents at work or illnesses associated with visiting public places.
If you’ve been injured at work or you’ve developed health problems as a result of your working environment, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim personal injury compensation.
How can London air pollution affect your health?
Just like in other big cities, London air pollution can have a negative impact on your health. Cities are busy and many people drive or commute to work using public transport. Millions of homes and businesses also contribute to London air pollution.
You may not notice the effects of living in a large city in your day-to-day life. However, there are risks associated with London air pollution. This is particularly true for children, as their lungs are not fully developed and they tend to spend more time outside than adults.
London air pollution may be particularly damaging for those with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, or allergies.
In the short term, exposure to London air pollution may result in coughs, colds and sore throats. In the long term, elevated levels of pollution may increase the risk of chronic respiratory infections and permanent damage to the lung tissue.
Reducing your exposure to London air pollution
If you’re worried about the impact of London air pollution on your lungs, there are some ways you can try and reduce your exposure. Here are some examples:
- Avoid walking in built-up areas; stick to side streets if this is possible
- Place plants in your home and office
- Keep back from the edge of the road when walking to work
- Go for a jog first thing in the morning when the roads are quieter
- Wear a mask if you are cycling
Claiming compensation for work accidents
Sometimes, work accidents are inevitable, but if you’ve sustained work injuries or developed work-related illness as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you have a right to claim no-win, no-fee* compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now to talk through your work injury claim. Our lines are open on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice