Ten ways to defend yourself against PM2.5 air pollution
With PM2.5 hitting unsafe levels in 49 provinces on Monday morning, The Nation offers 10 methods to protect yourself against the health impacts of air pollution.
The provinces where PM2.5 air pollution exceeded safe levels according to the Centre for Air Pollution Mitigation were: Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Nong Khai, Loei, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Roi Et, Chaiyaphum, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Nakhon Ratchasima and Buriram.
Ten ways to protect yourself from PM2.5 health hazards:
- Check the air quality before going outdoors via Air4Thai.com or the Air4Thai smartphone app.
- Wear a face mask, preferably of N95 grade.
- Keep yourself healthy and well-rested; drink a lot of water.
- Eat all five food groups, especially vegetables and fruits that are rich in antioxidants.
- Repair gaps along the edges of doors and windows to shield against PM2.5.
- Avoid outdoor activities when air pollution exceeds safe levels.
- People with chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies and conjunctivitis should prepare medicines and appliances, and follow doctors’ advice.
- Clean houses, especially spots where dust gathers, such as air-conditioners and fans.
- Watch out for symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, chest pain and dizziness.
- Reduce PM2.5 by planting trees and not burning crops or using vehicles that emit black smoke.