PEOPLE whose kitchens become smoky when they are cooking should try opening windows, experts advised yesterday.
The nanny state update came as part of guidance to cut down “indoor pollution”.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence warned windows should be opened or extractor fans switched on while making meals, drying clothes or using sprays, solvents and paints.
Homes should also be ventilated while burning candles, having a bath or shower, and using open solid-fuel fires.
The advice — branded “obvious” by critics — is particularly aimed at vulnerable groups including the elderly, children and people with lung conditions such as asthma. Pregnant women are urged to reduce their use of aerosols and household cleaning sprays.
NICE’s Gill Leng said: “Evidence shows homes with poor air quality are linked to an increase in risk of health problems. Poor ventilation leads to a build-up of pollutants.”
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Alan Maryon-Davis, honorary professor of public health at King’s College London, said: “How many of us think about the air quality inside our homes?
The pollutants we create through cooking and cleaning, or those arising from mould or building materials, can all too easily cause or exacerbate respiratory conditions and other health problems.”
Councils, landlords, architects and builders are also being asked to consider both indoor and outdoor pollution when planning heating and ventilation.
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