Once again, because of air pollution, we are facing severe health issues. And this is going to continue till the end of December as the air quality in major cities of India will continue to be ranging from severe to hazardous. Major factors which rule the pollution now a day’s include season change, burning of crop stubble, and low wind speed. To add to the scene, Diwali just went by and left us with more pollutants.
Experts are calling the situation a major public health emergency. Air pollution has become a major problem in India because of rapid industrial development and urbanisation. Pollution kills. Every year thousands die of pollution-related ailments in our cities during the winters when the air is extremely foul. Pollution is a silent killer; it does not directly kill anyone but aggravates existing diseases.
According to various research reports, there exist multiple sources of air pollution in India today. Dust constitutes to 17 per cent, vehicles contribute 28 per cent and stubble burning adds another 4 per cent.
So what is the solution:
Prevention is better than cure is a cliché that holds true today. We can always wait for our govts to act, but in our individual capacity we all can take small but effective steps to reduce air pollution and lead a healthy life cycle. One of the things that we can start doing instantly to contribute to protecting our environment is to wear protection masks and installing air purifiers at home and offices.
It’s a pity that today fresh air is not free of cost in modern society. But these devices like face masks, air cleaners etc. are a necessity today to protect ourselves. According to market surveys, pollution filtering masks/respirators from famous brands like 3M, Honeywell, Dettol, Philips etc. are seeing a deluge of orders as demands have surged up by 3000 percent in the days after Diwali.
Here we talk about a brand 3M in particular, we used two respirators made and marketed by 3M.
3M Particulate Respirator 8210, N95 is a disposable particulate respirator that is designed to help provide relief by filtering particles from the air when properly fitted, helping reduce the number of particles or germs the wearer breathes in. It is Ideal for protection from PM2.5 and has NIOSH / EN / ISI approvals. The mask can be secured tightly to the face, with 2 head straps and a nose adjustable clip over the nose to allow for a more custom fit.
The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9211 N95, is a three-panel disposable flat- fold respirator featuring soft inner material and 3M™ Cool Flow™ Valve to help provide comfortable, reliable worker respiratory protection. It is ideally suited for hot/dusty work settings that require long periods of wear.The lightweight, three-panel designed disposable N95 particulate respirator helps provide quality, reliable, and convenient worker respiratory protection.