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Lampang battling fires, harmful dust

By The Nation

 

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Forest fires that have been burning around Doi Phra Baht in Muang Lampang since Sunday night are contributing to the dense haze clinging to the province.
 

Seventy-five officials and seven “We Love the King” volunteers were on Monday trying to contain the flames within an expanse of several kilometres. 

 

In the tambon of Kluay Phae, a forest blaze threatened Wat Doi Moung Kham but was extinguished by area residents.

 

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Lampang has four Pollution Control Department air-quality-measuring stations, all reading unsafe levels of PM2.5 – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter – on Monday morning of 60-93 micrograms per cubic metre of air. The safe level is 50 micrograms.

 

PM2.5 in Sop Pad, Mae Mo district, hit 93 micrograms and was also bad in two other tambon in Mae Mo.

 

Lampang has had unsafe levels of PM2.5 for nine days, including five consecutive days from February 7-11.

 

Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30363906

 

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New name for Thailand......  LOS     Land of Smoke

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16 hours ago, DNPBC0 said:

Here we go again. There is no safe level for PM2.5. The called 'safe level' in Thailand is an arbitrarily selected standard which happens to be well above the WHO guideline. The media have a responsibility to provide accurate information about this, and they are repeatedly not doing so.

Exactly correct, any level of PM2.5 will enter the lungs & then pass through the walls into the blood stream thus going all around the body. There is NO SAFE level !!

Adding to your excellent post I also wish the "so called experts" would educate the public as to which "masks" are manufactured/tested and approved for PM2.5 protection

the usual "medical type" mask often seen worn offers no protection at all !!!!

WHO Air Quality Guideline values

Particulate Matter (PM)

Guideline values

Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

10 μg/m3 annual mean
25 μg/m3 24-hour mean

Coarse Particulate Matter (PM10)

20 μg/m3 annual mean
50 μg/m3 24-hour mean

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My wife has yet again presented real world data to the local orbator and is about to head in to town to supply documents to try and get local health and safety rega first written up and then implemented. The govs pm2.5 data must be wrong. Its over 500 when the hills behind my house are set ablaze. Our main problem is illegal charcoal manufacturing. Within 20m of the pots its over 500pm2.5. In our house and completely sealed up its averaging 250pm2.5.

Today its just 63 because of a hault on sugarcane burning and forest burning but the local agricultural research facility burns rubbish and fields all night long.

These few idiots that insist on burning anything need attitude adjustment with my foot!

With population growth as it is this kind of idiodic prehistoric behavior cant continue. Other people live here also. If simple laws were put in place suggesting that anything over 50pm outside of your land borders requires immediate intervention would be the first step.

There is no safe limit. Zero is near impossible but considering brain damage, respitory issues etc that are displayed in vacinities where a constant pm30 is a world safe limit was set at 25. Surely Thailand could atleast make 50 a law to follow. It would be a start to bettering the health of thais and lifting the standard of living along with it.

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