Protect Your Lungs
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Heat and humidity can affect your breathing
Help yourself and others breathe easier
Talk to your health care professional if you experience shortness of breath, pain when breathing, dizziness with a change of activity, a persistent cough, wheezing or coughing with exercise, or pain in the airway. If you have a chronic lung disease like asthma or COPD, work with your health care professional to manage symptoms and flare-ups.
- Don’t smoke. It’s not too late to quit. Smoking damages your lungs and increases your risk for a number of diseases including lung cancer and COPD. Be a healthy role model for kids.
- Avoid second hand smoke and vape, and clean away residual tobacco fumes from walls and furniture (known as third hand smoke)
Prevent respiratory disease:
Respiratory diseases can be even more dangerous for those living with lung disease. Protect yourself and your community by:
- Get vaccinated
- Stay home when you’re sick, and avoid people at high risk (elderly, very young, pregnant people, those living with lung or other chronic disease)
- Wash your hands to prevent the spread of disease
- COVER YOUR COUGHS. To help stop the spread of germs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay away from crowds during peak cold and flu season, get plenty of rest, eat well and keep your stress levels under control.
Reduce air pollution:
- Avoid burning wood
- Don’t idle gas or diesel powered engines
- Avoid chemicals in the home, including fragrances
- Clean up and prevent mould indoors
- Test your home and workplace for radon
- Use the Air Qualtiy Health Index to help manage risk
- Wear a mask when using chemicals
- Wear a mask when visiting crowded indoor spaces when infectious disesases are prevalent
- Turn on the exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom to vent vapour and fumes
- Mitigate for radon, if needed
- 30 minutes each day makes a difference!
Page Last Updated: 28/02/2023