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Pollution in Paris: What to do to breathe easy

Ben McPartland · 14 Mar 2014, 08:52

Published: 14 Mar 2014 08:52 GMT+01:00

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With authorities admitting that pollution levels in Paris and much of the rest of the country pose a risk to the public’s health, they have issued a series of recommendations aimed at minimizing those dangers.

(Map by AFP)

Here's what they advise:

  • Don’t exercise too much. Sounds like strange advice but with the air quality so poor, exercising may only exacerbate breathing problems. This is not the day or even the weekend to go for a run along the banks of the Seine.
  • Avoid walking near the major road networks in the capital, so today is not a day to go shopping on the Champs Elysées..
  • Respect “scrupulously” the guidelines on any medicines you are taking for breathing problems or only change them on the advice of a doctor.
  • If you have children under six years old, avoid taking them outside to play or to go for walk. And if any children under six years old are reading this, then listen to your parents. Older children are also advised not to take part in any sporting activity.
  • The population as a whole have been advised to limit using their cars, especially those with diesel engines.
  • Avoid the use of non-electric tools, the diesel lawnmower will have to stay in the shed this weekend.

Authorities in Paris, who have made public transport free until Sunday,  have also imposed strict rules, notably on the road, to try and cut pollution:

  • The speed limit on motorways has been cut from 130 km/h to 110km/h.
  • In sections of motorway where the limit is 110km/h it has been cut to 90km/h and for 90km/h sections, the limit is now 70 km/h.
  • The speed limit on Paris’s périphérique has been cut to 60km/h.
  • Police will be increasing the number of traffic stops they carry out to check on the condition of vehicles.
  • If you have an open fire in your flat, then don’t use it as they have been banned.
  • It is illegal to burn any waste material in the open.

SEE ALSO: What is the cause for the rise in air pollution in France

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If you want to see what air pollution in Paris looks like check out this video below.

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