Homeowners warned over pollution health risks
A RECENT study has revealed that living near a main road may increase health risks.
The decade-long research, which was published in The Lancet, found that one in 10 dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy road could be attributed to noise and pollution from emissions.
Although the study by Canadian scientists is worrying, there are steps that every homeowner should consider taking in order to protect their property.
This includes ensuring a home is properly ventilated and installing good quality insulation in walls and lofts where possible.
Protect your home and health
Dr Hong Chen, who led the Canadian report, told reporters: “Increasing population growth and urbanisation has placed many people close to heavy traffic, and with widespread exposure to traffic and growing rates of dementia, even a modest effect from near-road exposure could pose a large public health burden.”
People living next to traffic lights should be particularly cautious and anyone who is concerned should seek an indoor air quality test.
When drivers stop at lights and rev their engines it can cause a build-up of fumes, which can enter a property.
However, there are ways to try and protect your home.
High quality spray foam not only creates a barrier to stop heat from escaping, but it can also work to cut the amount of noise and air pollution entering from outside too.
Look at the whole picture when trying to protect yourself against external pollution. Insulation can cut external pollutants such as smoke and emissions, while good ventilation and mechanical filters are a great solution for keeping our indoor environment breathable, clean and healthy.