Air pollution warning for Wakefield residents

Local health organisations are today issuing a warning of increased air pollution across the Wakefield district.

Map of air pollution in Wakefield

Air pollution levels are expected to peak on Wednesday 27th February in Wakefield, with health leaders urging local people with long-term health conditions, such as lung and heart conditions, to take extra precaution.


Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health at Wakefield Council said: “Air pollution has a range of effects on health.


“High levels of air pollution this week that may impact on the health of the Wakefield population - particularly vulnerable groups - for example adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people.


“When levels of air pollution increase it would be sensible for those who have noticed that they are affected to limit their exposure to air pollutants. This does not mean staying indoors, but reducing levels of exercise outdoors would be reasonable.


“Side effects of air pollutions include; discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat.


“We would also suggest that older people, and those with heart and lung conditions, might avoid exertion on high pollution days such as today.


“Adults and children with asthma should check that they are taking their medication as advised by their health practitioner and may notice that they need to increase their use of inhaled reliever medication.”




Notes to editors:

Air pollution levels are displayed online by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), with Defra providing forecasts to give advanced warning of the expected levels of air pollution across the UK.


Information is updated daily early in the morning and provides forecasts for today, tomorrow and the following three days. Find out more here:


Individuals can also follow UK-AIR on Twitter for air quality forecasts and summaries of measurements from the UK Automatic Urban and Rural Network. These tweets are automated, and allow you to stay informed about current and forecast air quality including episodes of poor air quality.


Defra also provides a free automated telephone service on 0800 55 66 77. This provides the 5-day descriptive forecast text and latest data by region as well as health advice.

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