Most people are not affected by short-term peaks in air pollution. If you or your children have heart or lung conditions, you are at greater risk of symptoms on a high pollution day, and you should:

Reduce or avoid strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors on busy streets, and particularly if you have symptoms. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.

Close external doors and windows facing a busy street at times when traffic is heavy or congested to help stop highly polluted air getting in.

Follow your doctor’s usual advice about exercising and managing your condition.

Use an asthma reliever inhaler more often, if necessary.

If you think that you or your child might be affected by high levels of air pollution then it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the local forecast and see how you can take action to reduce exposure. Click here to see today’s air quality.