Manila, Philippines – While New Year’s Day came with equal parts joy and hopeful anticipation, the annual barrage of fireworks also brought in a slew of hazards that were harmful to health.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expressed concern at spikes in Metro Manila’s air pollution during the region's New Year’s Eve celebrations. Just before 1am of January 1, 2015, a real-time monitoring station in one of Metro Manila’s cities recorded the highest level of PM10 pollutants at 2,000 micrograms per normal cubic meter (mcg/Ncm). The normal ambient guideline value of PM10 is 60mcg/Ncm, according to the DENR.
According to a paper published in the Indian Chest Society's official publication, Lung India, fireworks contain substances that release large amounts of air pollutants. This is problematic given its direct consequences on human health.
When adults are exposed to high levels of air pollution, they are at risk of developing respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), allergic rhinitis, and lung cancers. Meanwhile, children are especially more vulnerable to this threat. Because they engage in physical activities more than older individuals, they also take in more air, which could only mean greater exposure to pollutants.
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The air purifier comes equipped with Philips’ VitaShield Intelligent Purification System that effectively removes pollutants including ultrafine particles, allergens, viruses, and bacteria. Its built-in smart sensor also automatically measures air quality and selects the appropriate control setting for healthy indoor air.
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With the combined powers of Philips’ air purifier and vacuum cleaner, families can keep the air in their homes clean and healthy throughout the year.
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 Gouder C, Montefort S. Potential impact of fireworks on respiratory health. Lung India [serial online] 2014 [cited 2015 Dec 1]; 31:375-9. Available from: http://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2014/31/4/375/142124