What to do in the event of smog?
Whether you are an individual or an enterprise, you will be adversely affected by a deterioration in air quality, especially when smog occurs. But you also play a crucial role when it comes to reducing or even avoiding smog.
Here is some advice in the event of low level smog (level 1):
As an individual:
- Choose public transport, or walk or cycle as a means of getting about;
- Do not use your car for short journeys (25% of car journeys in Brussels involve a distance of less than 1 km);
- If you do however use your car, drive gently at low speed, avoiding sharp acceleration and braking, etc. This type of driving reduces fuel consumption by 20% and the resulting pollution;
- Reduce the temperature in your home or the building where you work (1 degree corresponds to 8% consumption).
As an enterprise, school or establishment, you can also do something to help:
- Raise awareness among your staff regarding a more environmentally friendly mode of travel (public transport, cycling, walking, car-sharing, etc);
- Inform your staff, pupils and parents about smog, the measures to take and the alternatives that exist (by means of the intranet, newsletters, posters, etc);
- Introduce incentives to raise awareness among people;
- Be flexible in terms of how you organise work among your staff;
- Reduce energy consumption in your premises (reduce the temperature, organise a "warm jumper" campaign, etc);
- Include these measures in your travel planning and arrangements.
Our Key Account unit is available should you require further information and can advise you on simple and effective measures that you can take in your enterprise, school or establishment.
You can find more information about levels 2 and 3 on the page 3 levels of emergency measures