Singapore haze: Facts and precautions every family should know

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The haze in Singapore is an annual occurrence. Do you have all the facts that you need to safeguard yourself and your family against the Singapore Haze? Read this to find out all that you need to know to be prepared.

Singapore haze

The Singapore haze makes for a blurred view of the skyline.

We can’t help but worry when Singapore is blanketed by haze at certain times of the year. Kids don’t get to go out and itchy throats and breathing problems become more common in both adults and kids.

Singapore’s haze is definitely a cause for concern. Equip your family with the necessary information and  tools to protect your health.

What is the haze?

According to Singapore Infopedia, the haze is “an air-borne mixture of pollutants that includes soot particles, carbon dioxide and other toxic gases”.

It is also a visible “cloud of smoke” that floats in the air and is usually accompanied by a burnt smell.

Singapore haze

Schools take precautionary measures to protect the kids when the haze comes. Source: Health Xchange

In Singapore, haze levels are measured by the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI), and the readings classify the state of the air.

100-200 (Unhealthy): In this range, some people may experience mild eye irritation, coughing and sneezing.

200-300 (Very unhealthy): With this very unhealthy level, people may experience more higher degrees of eye irritation, acute coughing and breathing problems.

301-400 (Hazardous): Significant aggravation of symptoms for vulnerable people. Some people may experience the early onset of certain diseases such as breathing disorders like asthma.

Above 400 (Hazardous): Any reading above 400 could actually be life-threatening to elderly folks or sick people.

Why is there haze in Singapore? Find out more on the next page.