Text service tells Havering residents when air pollution is a risk for their health

PUBLISHED: 12:58 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:58 23 January 2014

Havering residents are being encouraged to sign up for a free alert service to tell them when air pollution or pollen levels may affect their health.

The British Medical Journal published research this week showing air pollution can affect the risk of heart attacks.

The AirTEXT service is free to users and will send anyone who wishes a text, email or telephone message to inform them when air pollution is a concern.

Councillor Lesley Kelly, Havering Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “Air quality in Havering is good but many residents work elsewhere in London and the airTEXT service means they can set up alerts for anywhere in the capital.

“The alerts can be useful reminders to take medication or cut back on physical activity to allow for higher than normal pollution levels.”

To sign up simply text AIRTEXT to 78070, register at

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