Malaysians are bracing for a spell of haze and smog due to the forest fires in Riau, Indonesia. According to MetMalaysia, areas such as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan and Penang are affected by the haze. Based on the wind patterns, the haze in Peninsular Malaysia is forecasted to continue as long as there are hotspots in Sumatra.
To mitigate the effects of the haze, people are advised to follow the health guidelines issued by the Malaysia’s Health Ministry. According to those guidelines on haze, people are advised:
To reduce outdoor activities and wear three-ply face masks if they have to be outdoors.
To ensure the air in their houses and buildings are clean.
To reduce smoking.
That when in the car, air-conditioners should be set to the recirculation mode so that only clean air inside the car will get circulated.
To drink lots of water.
To wash their hands and face after any outdoor activity.