According to one report, indoor air pollution kills 12 lac people in India every year. Surprised? Indian households – especially in the rural parts of the country – still cook their meals by using solid fuels like wood pellets, husk, and charcoal. This cooking process releases noxious gases in millions of households – three times a day. These gases lead to cases of Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and a condition called hut lung, where the airways are darkened and discolored.
This is not to say that solid fuels used to cook meals is the only source of indoor pollution. Houses in urban areas -houses that use gas pipelines and LPG cylinders – are vulnerable to indoor pollution too. Invisible gases released by bathroom and floor cleaning liquids are one of the sources of indoor pollution. It’s ironic that the liquids used to get rid of visible dirt release imperceptible fumes that continue to cause damage.
Mosquito coils, used to protect against diseases, release smoke that harms the human lungs. Even the kitchen stoves release volatile organic compounds (VOC) that combine with nitrogen oxide (NOx) released by cars to produce ozone. Ozone then combines with room fresheners and skin oils to generate aerosols and irritants. Just like ozone in the atmosphere traps heat, ozone on your skin traps particulate matter, essentially creating what researchers are calling a “personal cloud of pollutants.”
This goes on to show the importance of health insurance. People assume they are safe in their homes – but tiny things can corrode their health. Health insurance can lighten your financial load and ensure that your focus remains on your recovery.
Air pollution control inside your house doesn’t require massive capital or time. Below are 5 quick and effective ways to practice air pollution control within your house:
These are some of the best ways to control indoor air pollution. As the old saying goes – man proposes, God disposes. Sometimes, despite the best precautions, a disease-carrying pathogen can make its way into our lungs. It’s wiser to stay prepared for this possibility by investing in an affordable health insurance plan. Bajaj Allianz’s Health Insurance, available on Finserv MARKETS, offers affordable premiums, personalized health insurance plans, and tax benefits of up to Rs. 75,000. Consider the Bajaj Allianz Family or Individual Health Insurance on Finserv MARKETS based on your needs. Insure your health today.
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