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4 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Haze

Its the Haze season again here in sunny Singapore as the Southwest monsoon emerges.

Due to drier weather conditions in our neighbouring country Indonesia, they have declared a state of emergency after identifying more than 700 fires which were detected using satellites.

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Unhealthy levels of PSI could lead to irritation of eyes, nose and throat in healthy individuals. And for more sensitive individuals, it could lead to more severe cases such as heart and lung issues (Source).

Looking back at our experience during 2015 where PSI levels hit 471, what are some of the steps we can take to protect our health as well as the health of our loved ones?

Here are four:

1. Avoid Strenuous Outdoor Activities

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Try to minimize your duration of exposure outdoors. If you do intensive activities such as running, cycling or playing football that requires deep breathing, that would mean inhaling even more harmful pollutants in the air. 

Continuing those activities could risk your health. We recommend staying home in an air-conditioned room and doing home workouts on a yoga mat (so as not to anger your neighbour below!)

2. Hydrate Frequently and Increase Fibre Intake

As the haze could irritate your throat and even lead to a sore throat, make sure you drink enough water to keep your throat lubricated and also flush away toxins absorbed into your body. Additionally, boost your immune system by consuming fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins A and C.

3. Wear a Mask

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And not just the surgical masks! The MOH has recommended the use of N95 if you're going to be outdoors for several hours when the forecasted air quality is PSI >300. For short exposure, like commuting from home to school or work, wearing N95's are not needed.

4. Stay Indoors!

Try to stay indoors as much as possible and shut the windows. Switch on the AC if possible or use air purifiers to remove dust particles and contaminants in the air. 

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