A new resident is in town for these months and he is making us so uncomfortable that we cant wait to kick him out of our home! Sadly, our hands are tied and he has proven to be quite the a persistent fellow. He could even be set to stay till November due to a dry spell by the El Nino effect1! With possibly one more month or so in his dreaded company, surely there is something we can all do to make our lives better?
In this article, we try our best to share with you some hopefully-helpful tips to help you fight Mr. Haze. In the meantime, keep your chin up as this too shall pass. 🙂
#1 Mask up!
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This is a tip that everyone knows with many engaging in it. Be that as it may, we would like to share more about it so that you know what protections these masks provide. Did you know that there are 2 types of masks that are recommened? Both are said to provide similar good protection against fine pollutants! While we are definitely familiar with the N95, there is another alternative that you can consider using as it really provides similar protection against fine pollutants and that is the EN-149 FFP2 class of masks. However, the protection is really only as good as the fit to the wearer’s face as the air has to pass through the mask’s filters and not the gap between the mask and the wearer. You should also expect to feel more resistance while breathing due to filtering action of the mask. Thus if you feel faint, take a break for a bit before putting it on again.
For more Haze related information and tips, you can head over to on http://www.haze.gov.sg/ which is a very useful microsite set up by the government with everything you can know about the haze.
#2 THUMBS UP FOR WATER
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In this persisting dry and hot weather, it is important to keep your body hydrated. Remember, your body is made up of at least 75% of water. Without hydrating, your bodily function will not be at its optimal which will severely set you back in your combat against Mr. Haze! 8 glasses of water a day would be the ideal intake which translate to about 2 litres of water. Teachers and parents may want to set aside some time specially for your child to drink water as their young age may make them more vulnerable to the haze. The plus side? You can drink along with them! 😀
#3 INVEST IN A GOOD QUALITY AIR CLEANER
Truth be told, even if Mr. Haze goes away in peace, he is likely to intrude into our company again. So perhaps some long-term measure should be taken. We think investing in an air cleaner would give you a leg up especially if when Mr. Haze returns the next time. http://www.haze.gov.sg/haze-updates/portable-air-cleaners has some helpful information on choosing the ideal purifier for you. Bet you didn’t know that portable air cleaners have 3 different types! All 3 are “designed to keep the particulate levels of an enclosed space low”2.They are the Ionisers, electronic air cleaners and the high efficiency particulare absolute (HEPA). These air cleaners should do a good enough job in protecting your home from the haze. Due to the existence of different types of air cleaners, it is best to speak to the supplier and seek the suitability of your desired model.
For a credible list of sources to purchase you air cleaners, head to this link: http://www.haze.gov.sg/haze-updates/list-of-portable-air-cleaners-and-suppliers
#4 EMBRACE BEING COUCH POTATOES
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There is always a time for everything. With Mr. Haze roaming about, its best we shut all doors and windows and deny his company. Especially for families with children, it is best to indulge in some indoor activities rather than venture into the outdoors if the Mr. Haze gets too much. Indulge in movie, DIY crafty sessions, maybe even an indoor picnic! The options are truly endless and all you need is a little creativity and imagination!
For child friendly movies, head over to http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/films-for-families-the-top-50-movies-to-watch-as-a-family and take your pick!
For crafty sessions, select from over 12 themes at http://lollibox.sg/products-page/lollibox/ for activities delivered right to your doorstep!
#5 BE KIND AND NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR
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There is little we can do but “tahan” through this hazey period. Rather than having our blood pressure raising with the haze through venting about it, why not think on the light side and inject some humour into your situation? We are sure laughing is infinitely more healthy than complaining fervently. Whats more? Laughing makes you feel good and in this haze, we really need everything that makes us feel good. Also, remember that you aren’t the sole victim of the haze and everyone, be it tourists or Singaporeans, suffer through this as well. Having a little compassion and kindness can definitely go a long way. As Cinderella says, “When there is kindness, there is goodness. When there is goodness, there is magic”. And well, maybe a little magic could just be what we need to banish the haze away forever!
We hope you find this article useful.
Share with us the unique things you do to beat the haze!
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Till next time,