OK. There is training announcement, however today we are announcing
a pretty unique situation for our karate training (not country, makes a difference).
We are CANCELLING tonight’s training due to the haze!
Instead of the usual training announcement, let’s do something very different today.
Let’s talk about haze.
Just like the other regional countries in South-East Asia, Singapore has been known to be negatively impacted by Indonesia’s yearly forest fires. Due to trade winds, the forest fires generated large volumes of smoke and hence created haze in neighbouring countries.
This year, things got really bad.
19 June 2013 – PSI high of 351
20 June 2013 – PSI high of 371
21 June 2013 – PSI high of 401
Previous All-Time High Record
September 1997 – PSI 226
And Indonesia chides Singapore over reactions on haze situation.
Read more here, directly from Channelnewsasia.com
Some facts related to haze
PSI – Pollutant Standards Index
It is an uniform system of measuring pollution levels for the major air pollutants, reported as a scale of 0 to 500.
The PSI is basically an air quality indicator.
How about PM2.5 ?
Particulate Matter (PM) is the term for particles found in air, that can be suspended in the air for long periods of time.
PM10 – Particles less than 10 micrometers pose a health concern because they can be inhaled into and accumulate in the respiratory system.
PM2.5 – Particles less than 2.5 micrometers are believed to pose greatest health risks. Because of their small particle size, these fine particles can be lodge deeply into the lungs.
For more information on the haze, do check out our National Environment Agency website.
OK guys, take care, drink more water.
If you are in Singapore, you are advised to stay indoors with doors and windows closed. Avoid physical exertion and outdoor activities!
Take care everyone, see you guys soon!