With pollution levels at a record high in Delhi, what can we do to protect ourselves?
Here are five simple tips:
- If you are going outside, wear a mask – Choose a certified N95 or N99 mask. (The number after N connotes effectiveness; N99 is 99 percent effective). The cheapest is 85 rupees.
- Stay indoors, especially in the mornings – Pollution is at its highest in the mornings (over a 24 hour period). The lowest levels are in late afternoon, between 3 – 5 pm, so these are the safest hours to be outdoors.
- Keep the windows and doors closed - “I’m surprised how many people think it’s still okay to keep the kitchen windows open, the living room door open,” says Jay Kannaiyan of Smart Air. Shut your windows and doors to protect yourself.
- Use an air purifier at home - All you need is a HEPA filter (for PM 2.5) and a prefilter (for large dust)– these are basic technologies that can be purchased at a low cost.
- Boost antioxidants in your diet – Eat foods high in Vitamin C and antioxidants to keep your immunity high and fight the free radicals entering your bloodstream from pollution. Tulsi tea, green tea, pomegranates, broccoli and Devang's Ojasyaa herbal supplement are a few examples - all available at Devang House and from Devang's organic subscription.
Finally, protect the air that you breathe. Do your part not to contribute to the problem: carpool, take the metro, provide your guards and chauffeurs an electric heater so they’re not burning a fire to stay warm this winter. Small steps add up!
Jay Kannaiyan is on the business team at Smart Air India. Once a product engineer in the US, Jay made a break for it and rode his motorcycle from Chicago to Delhi over three years. In that time, he picked up a masters in sustainable development and a love for wide open spaces. Besides running the business end of Smart Air in India, Jay leads motorcycle tours through some of the world’s most rugged terrain.
Kriti Paul-Gera is Devang’s Chief Community Officer. She studied Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and worked at a global communications-marketing firm in their sustainability and social purpose practice in San Francisco, before joining Devang's movement to realize the Joy of Being.