A recent study has revealed that people in Hull are now 21 times more likely to die from Air Pollution than in a car accident.
In just a single year, Hull has recorded an astonishing 128 deaths related to Air Quality and has been named the worst culprit for Air Pollution deaths in the region.
While there any many different factors that contribute to poor air quality, it’s said that our traffic congestion is significantly impacting Hull’s air. However, often overlooked, other factors such as public holidays celebrated using fireworks also result in a huge peak in pollution.
Previously, Connexin installed Smart Air Quality sensors around the city in order to get a better insight into Hull’s air and why it’s so bad. Nick Wells, our Senior Project Manager, said:
“The smart sensors we have put up are outside the hospital, down the Stoneferry Corridor, the A63 Castle Street and Preston Road. We are using these because we have seen a number of recent studies that have proved a correlation between poor air that we breathe and health issues including asthma and lung disease.
“Particularly on the A63, we have found an increase in poor air and there is a direct correlation around rush hour and the quality of the air. Between 4pm and 6pm the quality of the air around Hull’s busiest road decreases significantly.
“We know that when the air in Hull is bad, admissions to Hull’s A&E department increase so with our smart city project we can start to do some good things with that data. We can alert the public when the air is going to be bad. For example, people with asthma we can let them know the day’s air quality is poor so that they take out their inhaler.”
You can see more about our Smart Environment solutions here: https://www.connexin.co.uk/smart-environment/
With Connexin’s Smart Environment technology, it’s essential we take a proactive approach to monitoring Air Quality in order to best protect the health of our most vulnerable members of society such as children, the elderly and those with severe health issues.
For further information contact please contact Katie Muir on [email protected] or 01482 363738.