Smoke haze from land and forest fires during the dry period between June and October is a norm in Malaysia. These annual fires are caused by land clearing and “slash and burn” agricultural practical in Indonesia, particularly in Sumatra and Kalimantan. The smoke haze becomes worst during El Nino, that leads to prolonged and drier weather conditions. (source: www.weather.gov.sg).
So what can we do? Firstly, we should be aware of the air quality at our area. If the air quality is bad, we can minimise going outdoors or wear a face mask. An easy way would be having the information in your phone. We suggest that you download My Air Index app.
Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) is developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) which provides an accurate, timely and easily understandable indicator of daily levels of air pollution. The PSI values are reported as a numerical scale and enable the public to determine whether the air pollution levels in a particular are good, unhealthy of hazardous.
This app is according to an air quality index similar to the PSI, which is the Air Pollution Index (API), obtained from Department of Environment in Malaysia (http://apims.doe.gov.my)
TELLS YOU THE QUALITY AT YOUR CURRENT LOCATION
As soon as you launch this app, it helps you gets the latest update on the air quality at your current location. It displays an easy to understand colour-coded scale which tells you both the air quality and dispense a health advisory. For example, when the air quality is good, you will get this message: Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.
CHECK AIR QUALITY OF DIFFERENT LOCATION
You could also check the air quality of other states in Malaysia. It is available in both chart and map format.
How do you keep updated with the air quality?