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What can I do about air pollution?

There are a number of actions you can take to help improve air quality and to protect yourself and your family from air pollution.  One of the key things to remember is that every little helps, we can collectively make a difference to the air we all breathe.

Reduce emissions to air

One of the key sources of air pollution in Scotland is road traffic; some of the things you can do to help reduce emissions from road traffic are:

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Heating systems for homes and other buildings can also be a source of air pollution. Combustion of fuels such as coal, oil, gas and wood (sometimes now described as biomass) all result in emissions to air. Some of the things you can do to reduce emissions to air from domestic heating are:

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More information on this and links to other resources are provided in the Reducing Pollutant Emissions page of the site.

Protecting yourself from air pollution

By being aware of local air quality and how it can impact on health; you can help protect yourself and your family from air pollution. Some things you can do to reduce your exposure to air pollution are:

The potential health effects associated with exposure to elevated air pollution levels; and the precautions that can be followed to minimise the effects of air pollution on your health are described further in the Protecting my health section of the site.