About four million people who contracted diseases linked to the emission of polluting gases in domestic environments, such as the kitchen, died prematurely. This information comes from a survey of household air quality around the world.
Based on the results of the study, an action guide to reduce the health impacts of indoor pollution was developed and launched.
The project, translated into 17 languages, included the participation of Brazilian scientist Thiago Nogueira, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Faculty of Public Health (FSP) at the University of the South Pacific. Access the brochure here.
How to reduce pollution in the kitchen?
Fuel type, cooking method, and ventilation are all factors that can affect the air quality in your kitchen. Some measures to reduce pollution in the environment are:
- Use methods, such as pressure cookers or electric rice cookers, that help reduce food cooking time;
- Avoid using coal and kerosene, and choose clean fuel alternatives;
- Open windows and doors while preparing food to ensure that air circulates outside the room;
- Install functional exhaust fans or other low-cost air filtration technology, such as a Corsi-Rosenthal box.
Check out more instructions in the video below:
Thiago Nogueira explained during a podcast episode General healthWhat are the pollutants emitted inside the home:
Domestic air pollution results from the use of inefficient fuels and technologies in or around the home, and can contain a range of pollutants that are harmful to health, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Both are emitted during combustion to prepare food or generate household energy.
Thiago Nogueira, in an interview with the podcast “Saúde É Pública”
The guide is based on research conducted by scientists from different countries, who have collaborated in the Clean Air Engineering for Cities (CArE-Cities), Clean Air Engineering for Homes (CArE-Homes) programmes, and in Knowledge Transfer. and “Practical Application of Indoor Air Quality Research” (KTP-IAQ).
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