As the festival of Diwali sets in, awareness about air pollution and harmful effects of bursting crackers goes viral, but how many of us know we pollute the air every day? And in front of bursting crackers, it is just nothing! That doesn't give you a reason to burst firecrackers. If you don't burst cracker, that doesn't mean it does not involve you in polluting the environment; therefore, it is necessary to be aware of our daily activity which creates menace!

This year, with the uprising of Covid cases, many state governments have prohibited fireworks. At present, amid the pandemic and poor air quality, air contamination has been a cause of worry. On top of it, everyday human activities have been creating havoc, and it will surprise you it not only involves industrial pollution but our day-to-day activities too.

Causes of air pollution start right from a burning gas stove in the morning to using our favourite body deodorants, your every action has an adverse reaction on the air quality. Even today in many rural area's woods are used for cooking food, this burning of wood discharges many poisonous pollutants, including carbon compounds, and also contribute to the formation of smog.

The gas kitchen ovens discharge nitrogen dioxide, which is an exceptionally receptive gas. A dependable oxidising specialist nitrogen dioxide promptly responds with the oxygen and dampness noticeable all around to shape harmful nitrates and nitric corrosive. A superior option in contrast to this is to utilise induction cooktops instead.

The utilisation of items, deodorisers, cleaners and body deodorants discharge harmful air contaminating particulates, for example, unpredictable natural mixes which are likewise known to cause specific drawn-out long-term health effects. Much of the home paints accessible in the market comes weighed down with harmful toxins this delivery airborne particulates.

Another admission in the 'unavoidable' slot is household appliances like air conditioners and fridge, which makes use of ozone-depleting aerosol sprays to condition and adjust room temperature, and keep our eatables new and consumable, separately.

It is a lesser-known fact that many natural resources are active sources of air pollutants. For example, regions with next to zero vegetation straightforwardly add to air contamination as residue.

Heavy industries and vehicles are the primary sources of air contaminations. Enterprises like energy, transportation, manufacturing, and automobile release air contaminations, for example, fine particulate issue, unstable natural mixes, nitrogen and carbon mixes, ground-level ozone and so forth. Your litter too causes air pollution! The regular trash delivered out of the houses gets unloaded as landfills, which produce methane, an intensely inflammable gas. Methane can cause hazardous mixes in responding with the air. Last, however, absolutely not the least, bad habits like smoking, hookah and vaping, and burning firecracker are specific causes.

So this Diwali let's try to cut out our polluting habits by not just prohibiting firecrackers. Everyone should try to manage and avoid things harmful to the environment. There is a need to consider introducing air purifiers in homes and workplaces for speedy and straightforward expulsion of toxins from the indoor environment. (baig, 2017)

Written by: Vartika Prasad

reference: baig, A. (2017, Jan 24). medium.com. Retrieved from https://medium.com/@anasbaig/everyday-activities-that-cause-air-pollution-5ed490625635.