Uh-oh, haze is back. Those who are staying in or nearby Klang should already notice the presence of haze in the city as you can’t stop sneezing as soon as you step outside.
It was reported that as of 4 am on August 14, the air pollution index of Klang has already reached 60 and by 8 am, the index rose to 65. This means you can no longer take a deep breath in the morning as the fresh air is now polluted with haze.
In case you’re wondering about the index, the air pollution level is measured based on the Air Pollution Index, which can be broken down into five different levels:
► Good – API of 0 – 50
► Moderate – API of 51 – 100
► Unhealthy – API of 101 – 200
► Very Unhealthy – API of 201 – 300
► Hazardous – API of 301 and above
Source: The Rakyat Post
Based on the Air Pollution flowchart, you can already tell the air quality in Klang is only moderate, but not good. Other cities joining Klang are as below:
1. Kuala Selangor (70)
2. Mukah (69)
3. Port Klang (68)
4. Sibu (61)
5. Taiping (58)
6. Bukit Rambai (57)
7. Bintulu (56)
8. ILP Miri (54)
9. Nilai (5)
10. Seri Manjung (53)
11. Tanah Merah (53)
12. Samalaju (53)
13. Kuching (52)
14. Petaling Jaya (52)
15. Kota Bahru (52)
16. Miri (51)
Here are some useful tips for staying healthy this haze season:
- Use an N95 respiratory mask to filter out airborne particles as surgical masks won’t help much in this situation
- Wash your hands and face upon reaching home as your skin may be carrying haze particles
- Minimise outdoor activities and refrain from playing outdoor sports
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking more water.
Source: Active Beat
However, the unhealthy air quality is ALSO not safe for your pets! Both dogs and cats are at risk of respiratory issues and doctors say certain animals are at heightened risk, especially puppies and older dogs, pets with asthma and bronchitis, and dogs with rounder faces and shorter noses (like bulldogs and Boston terriers).
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe:
- Keep pets indoors with the windows closed
- Use air conditioning to further filter the air, if possible
- Outdoor bathroom breaks should be kept short
- Avoid prolonged exercise
- Keep pets well hydrated
- Look for signs of respiratory stress and eye inflammation. If pets show symptoms, see a veterinarian immediately
- Urban farm animals (goats, chickens, rabbits) are less likely to become ill, as they are used to dusty conditions. However, it’s important to monitor them for abnormal behavior or symptoms of illness. Be sure to keep them sheltered from heat.
- For homes that are smoky indoors due to the proximity to fires, consider keeping pets at a doggy daycare or with a trusted friend who lives away from the area.
Source: Must Share News
What are the signs of respiratory stress you should look out for:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Unusual or excessive coughing, sneezing, vomiting or loss of appetite
- Swelling or inflammation of the mouth, eyes, skin or upper airway
- Open-mouthed breathing, especially in cats
- Uncoordinated walking/unable to stand
- Increased salivation
Source: The Happy Cat Site
Pet owners should seek immediate veterinary care for their furbabies if they show any of the above symptoms.
Stay safe guys!
(Source: WOB / China Press / KGW8)