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As temperatures soar and air quality levels drop, summertime can be a challenge, particularly for those people with ongoing respiratory problems such as asthma.


Smog, a real danger in summertime, is created when ground level ozone and emissions from vehicles and industry reacts with heat and sunlight. This chemical reaction creates a smoky, foggy atmosphere, hence the name smog.

And if you live in or around one of the country's 'Heat Zones', temperatures can be dangerously high, making it even more difficult to breathe. 'Heat Zones' occur in urban areas where traffic is particularly heavy and there are no green spaces. Furthermore, heat absorbing asphalt and buildings can cause temperatures to rise even higher.

So what can you do to stay safe this summertime? First and foremost, stay hydrated. If you do have to go out when the heat is up, be sure to carry water with you. Second, avoid going out at certain times of the day. Temperatures and ozone levels are at their highest between 2 and 6pm, so if possible, try to stay indoors during this time. And finally, if you have asthma, ensure you carry your inhaler with you at all times.

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