February 2, 2023

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The inhabitants of Ioannina are suffocating

Air pollution in Ioannina has exceeded legal limits for the past 12 days in a row.

Especially high concentrations are recorded in the evening hours (19:00-01:00), and therefore it is recommended to avoid any physical exercise in the open air. The Departments of Environment and Spatial Planning and Ecology and Water Management of Ioannina report the following regarding the worst air pollution: “From the measurements recorded at the air pollution station in Ioannina, in previous days, concentrations of particulate matter (PM10) exceeded the daily average limit of 100 µg/m3 for twelve consecutive days. It is recommended to avoid any outdoor exercise during these hours, especially for people with respiratory or heart disease.

The major cities of Thessaly are “suffocating”

Pay attention to KYA “Short-term Action Plans to Combat Air Pollution Particulate Matter”, announcement of the Epirus Region on December 27, 2022, and given that the meteorological conditions that will prevail in the coming days should not change much, the following recommendations and measures have been extended until 11 :00 Monday 01/09/2023:

A. Recommendations for people at higher risk:

People with respiratory or heart disease, as well as children and people over 65, should limit physical activity and time spent outdoors.

B. Recommendations to the public:

Everyone should limit physical exercise, especially if they feel pain in their eyes or experience a cough, nasal congestion, or discomfort in the throat.

C. Taking short-term measures to reduce emissions from waste incinerators:

  • It is recommended to avoid the use of fireplaces, solid fuel heaters and biomass heaters.
  • In the case of a central heating system, it is recommended to set the thermostat to +18°C in order to achieve an acceptable level of thermal comfort without excessive energy consumption.
  • Any burning (wood and not only) in open spaces is prohibited.

If necessary, a new announcement will be issued to inform the public.



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