Air Pollution at signal stops: remedies and precautions

This article provides suggestions on the precautions to be taken in the midst of a polluted environment - at a signal stop.

Inhaling polluted air: a personal experience

After enjoying an outing on a Sudnay, we came home tired and we felt sick on that night. We considered what could be the possible reason behind this - food, water, etc. However, what we realized is that in most similar cases in major cities, people are facing this problem not because of water and food but because of a smoky atmosphere while waiting at signals! The signal is meant to regulate the traffic flow, of course, but when one stops there one is exposed to a lot of polluted air particles. It may take maximum 15 to 20 minutes to clean the atmosphere till the traffic gets cleared. This mere stopping at a signal can affect children the most as they are having less resistive power.

My kid was thus affected by this kind of polluted air and he had bad breathing trouble on that night.

How pollute air causes bad health

The blood carries oxygen which regulates all parts. The dust particles are containing carbon dioxide which highly affect the oxygen in blood which cause problems. If the oxygen supply is low, all the parts will not function effectively & this can create long term diseases.


In an unavoidable situation the children must be instructed to keep their nose opposite to emission of dust or from any other type of emission. They must not come in direct line of inhaling polluted air.

Note for the driver of a vehicle: Do not keep your engine running when stopping at a signal. This will help not only for the safe and green environment but also save fuel.


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Guest Author: bob17 May 2018

Wow! Thanks for such a terrific article on the air pollution which occurs while stopping at a signal and giving remedies, too, to face it.

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