Sign up for air pollution alerts this summer

Do you or someone you know suffer from a respiratory condition? For Breathe Easy Week sign up for air pollution alerts to help manage breathing problems and enjoy summer days out.

Currently as many as 5.4 million of us in the UK suffer from asthma and air pollution is attributed to nearly 40,000 early deaths in the UK every year.

The county’s air quality partnership – Sussex-Air – is throwing its support behind the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week, which runs from 12 to 16 June, and is urging people to sign up to its airAlert service.

The service notifies you when the levels of air pollution are forecast to be moderate or high, allowing you to be better prepared for activities by taking preventative medication for conditions such as asthma and COPD.

You can opt to receive notifications by either voicemail, text, email, or by downloading the app on your IOS or Android smartphone.

The partnership also wants to encourage people to use the service to make the most of “clean air” days in Sussex by getting out into the countryside or to the coast on days when levels of air pollution are low. Why not check out our Instagram account for some inspiration of places in East Sussex to visit?

A family enjoying a 'low air pollution' day in the countryside.

A family enjoying a ‘low air pollution’ day in the countryside.

National Clean Air Day

We’re also backing National Clean Air Day on 15 June. With many towns and cities across the UK suffering from illegal and unsafe pollution levels, Sussex-Air is encouraging people to make a difference by pledging to leave their car at home and consider using public transport, walking or cycling instead. Could you take the pledge and leave your car at home for the day and walk or cycle to work? Make a pledge to help reduce air pollution on National Clean Air Day.