As of Tuesday, February 12, according to the Pollution Control Department, the concentration of PM2.5 fine dust (104-134 microgrammes per cubic metre of air) has reached an "unhealthy" level in the northern province of Lampang, due, in part, to ongoing forest fires in nearby Doi Phra Bat.
The safe threshold of PM2.5 fine dust in Thailand is set at 50 mcg. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 (fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 mm) can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate cardiac and respiratory conditions. Health authorities are urging the population to regularly check air pollution levels via the Pollution Control Department (PCD) website: www.air4thai.pcd.go.th and the LINE mobile application: air4thai.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalize or wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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