Protecting yourself from poor air quality

If you, or someone you know, suffer from heart disease, angina, or lung conditions such as asthma or bronchitis, there are a number of useful resources to help avoid exposure to poor air quality.

airTEXT measures pollution levels in London and predicts when the air pollution levels may be harmful.  The service will message you by text (SMS), voicemail or email.

The messages will provide you with health advice but the action you can take depends on the level of pollution expected. This could include taking your inhaler or angina spray with you, taking extra doses if symptoms get worse, and avoiding strenuous outdoor activity on polluted days.

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Department for Environment Food & Rural affairs (Defra) provide updates and forecasts on UK air pollution.  They also provide a twitter feed and email alerts. You can also call 0800 55 66 77 for recorded information. Find out about call charges

Nowcast shows real time current pollution levels in London.

You can plan low pollution and less busy walking routes in London with They also provide smartphone apps.

Page last updated: 10 September 2018