Birmingham’s Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, has issued a warning to people with lung and heart problems as Birmingham is set to see high levels of air pollution over the next few days.
Forecasters say air pollution levels will soar across southern England, the Midlands and East Anglia as local and European emissions mix with dust from the Sahara.
Although most people will not notice any ill effects, those with existing lung or heart disease and the elderly are advised to take extra care.
Dr Phillips advised those at risk to :
- Reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors – especially if you experience any symptoms.
- If you have asthma, make sure you have your inhaler with you – you may need it more often than usual.
- If you suffer any symptoms, such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat, consider reducing activity
- If your normal treatments are not helping any symptoms, get in touch with your GP
Air pollution updates
You can find updates on air pollution at Defra’s UK air information resource pages and from Defra’s freephone helpline on 0800 55 66 77. The helpline also offers health advice.
Air pollution is described as low, moderate, high or very high. Find out more about these air pollution health bandings.