DOE warns of high pollution levels in Newry

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
The Department of Environment is this week reporting high to very high levels of air pollution in the Newry area. The DOE has suggested that emissions from vehicles and home heating may be the cause of the problem and avoiding unnecessary car journeys and burning solid fuels may reduce the levels of pollution. Experts have warned that those suffering from lung or heart conditions are most likely to be affected by the pollution with healthy people unlikely to experience any ill effects. A statement from the DOE said, “When pollution is high, sensitive people may notice their symptoms worsen and may need to act to reduce the symptoms or their exposure to the pollution. Asthmatics will find that their symptoms will ease through use of their relief inhaler in the usual way advised by their doctor.” “Others affected by the pollution may wish to reduce the time they spend outdoors or avoid busy, congested streets.” Health advice and hourly updates on pollution levels can be found on the DOE’s freephone helpline on 0800 556677
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