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3 Tips on How to Beat the Haze

Sept NN reads

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With the current air conditions as such, it is necessary to take precautions against the weather. However, we have found out that not many people know the exact details to protect themselves in the haze. Thus, today’s Nuffnang reads is all about a guide to beat the haze.

What is PSI

Source: Channel News Asia

  1. What exactly is PSI?

We all know that PSI is a measure of pollutants in the air, and we need to monitor the level closely to assess the next step of precaution to take. But do you actually know what it means?

The PSI stands for the Pollutant Standards Index, and takes into account six pollutants – sulphur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM10) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and ozone (O3).

The one that messes with the respiratory track from the haze are the particulate and fine particulate matter! And this brings me to my next point, masks.

How to wear a mask

Source: Health Promotion Board

  1. How to properly wear a mask?

All of us know that wearing masks are important when the haze looks bad or the PSI seems high. Do you know the right steps to wearing a mask? The infographic as above shows a step-by-step guide for the clueless!

There are a number of masks out in the market and the most comfortable ones – surgical masks – might not be the most suitable. While surgical masks are able to block out the larger particles, they are not able to block out the worrisome particulate matter as mentioned above. Thus, consider masks that provide better protection, such as the N95 or EN-149 mask.

Now that everyone knows how to wear a mask, it begs the next question- when do you need one?

Masking up

Source: Straits Times

  1. When do you need a mask?

Basically, you will need a mask when the PSI level is higher than 150, especially if you are out for prolonged hours. You’re able to check the hourly PSI levels either on free-to-air national TV channels, or online.

Extra care must be taken with regards to the young and elderly with weak respiratory systems, as well as others who have chronic heart and lung conditions as these are the most susceptible to ailments from the haze.

Be sure to check back with your doctors from time to time especially if you don’t feel well. Our blogger, Mongchin has had asthmatic issues from a tender age. This period, she made it a point to get another inhaler just in case. So do take care everyone! Let’s hope the haze blows away soon!

 

September Nuffnang reads:

  1. http://www.nea.gov.sg/anti-pollution-radiation-protection/air-pollution-control/psi/psi
  2. https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/Current_Issues/2014/haze/faq–use-of-masks-and-availability-of-masks.html
  3. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/the-haze-is-back-tips-on-buying-masks-and-air-purifiers
  4. http://www.menshealth.com.sg/health/when-haze-dangerous-and-other-important-haze-facts
  5. https://twitter.com/NEAsg

 

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Mabel Yeo
Nuffnang Community Team

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