The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have warned that air pollution levels are expected to remain moderate or high today across Chester and many parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland under high pressure and light winds.
Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.
Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should also consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
The Daily Air Quality Index (DAQI) tells you about levels of air pollution and provides recommended actions and health advice. The index is numbered 1-10 and divided into four bands, low (1) to very high (10), to provide detail about air pollution levels in a simple way, similar to the sun index or pollen index.
You should follow the 3 steps below to use the Daily Air Quality Index.
Step 1: Determine whether you (or your children) are likely to be at-risk from air pollution.
Information on people who may be affected is can be found here: uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution. Your doctor may also be able to give you advice.
Step 2: If you may be at-risk, and are planning strenuous activity outdoors, check the air pollution forecast.
Step 3: Use the health advice corresponding to the highest forecast level of pollution as a guide which can be found here: uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution.