Every winter, cities in upper and central part of Pakistan wear a blanket of fog; which is primarily due to a particular climate zoning, but the problem is getting worse with each passing year. The pollutants emitting from the surface adds to the fog and thickens it creating `smog`.
The problem has intensified during the past few decades due to rapid and sustained industrialisation and addition of thousands of vehicles. During December and January, smog slows down everything and on some occasions brings life to a standstill.
Punjab is a densely populated province and in terms of `human productivity loss`, one can calculate the negative impact on the financial health of the country if a large proportion of the population is rendered unproductive.
Lahore also falls amongst the worst smog affected cities in the world.
Here are some tips to safeguard your family and yourself from smog.
Use surgical or other face masks
Remove contact lenses and use regular reading glasses
Do not smoke and if not possible reduce intake
Drink extra water and hot tea
Blow nose regularly to clean out contaminants
Wash hands, face and any exposed body part every time you come indoors after having gone outside
Avoid going out unnecessarily
Seal vents, windows and other inlets of the house with masking tape or place moist towels or a cloth under doors and windows
Use air purifiers
Do NOT stop on the road even if you can’t see. Pull over to the side of the road away from traffic.
Slow down when driving
Use fog lights
Do NOT use high beams
Avoid going to crowded areas especially those prone to traffic jams