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Qatar safety measures for a better Air Quality

Research has gauged the impact of Indoor Air Quality on the health of Qatar’s residents. Although the outcomes did not indicate a major negative impact of indoor pollution, the report asserted that the health effects of poor IAQ were felt in some of the households.

Since it is a matter of significance to public health, the Qatar National Research Fund is promoting the scientific study and sustainable mitigation of ambient pollution.  Qatar is investing heavily in the best available technologies to maintain global environmental standards.

On the global front, collaborative investment in an IAQ enhancement technology has become a need of the hour. With an innovative technology in place, the buildings will be able to automatically regulate the indoor exposure to harmful air pollutants, including PM2.5 particulates.

How residents can Mitigate Poor IAQ

  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Keep your gas stove well-ventilated
  • Minify clutter
  • Remove carpeting, if at all possible
  • Cover the garbage bin to avoid attracting pests
  • Remove shoes outside the home
  • Avoid using air fresheners
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check for water leaks and fix them
  • Clean dusty surfaces regularly
  • Wash bedding in warm water
  • Ensure the proper functioning of exhausts in your bathrooms and kitchen
  • Avoid keeping scented candles in the bedroom

It has become important to take urgent action against air pollution to stay healthy and achieve collaborative sustainable development.

World Health Organization (WHO) found that ambient air pollution has claimed over 4.2 million deaths globally. It is most prevalent in urban settlements without proper ventilation, given air-conditioned buildings. Inhalation of toxic air pollutants leads to negative health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, allergic reactions, pneumonia, increased asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.

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