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Get air pollution alerts via text message

BY LINDA STEWART

The next time your phone bleeps, it could be spiking air pollution.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has just launched a new text message service – Air Aware – which will inform subscribers of high air pollution episodes.

The alert service is primarily aimed at people who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

It will allow them to decide whether they want to protect their health by staying indoors or avoiding strenuous outdoor exercise.

"With the launch of the Air Aware service, we are going further to ensure that the people who need air quality information the most receive it," the minister said.

To use the service, all you have to do is text the word AIR to 66101.

Subscription to the service is free from any UK mobile phone. Further details are online at: nidirect.gov.uk/air-pollution-and-health.

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