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|Air pollution level||Air quality index||Main pollutant|
|Moderate|| 69* US AQI||PM2.5|
PM2.5 concentration in Pom Prap Sattru Phai is currently 4.2 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value
Moderate 69 AQI US
|Sunday, Sep 24|
Moderate 100 AQI US
|Monday, Sep 25|
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 110 AQI US
|Tuesday, Sep 26|
Moderate 73 AQI US
|Wednesday, Sep 27|
Moderate 64 AQI US
|Thursday, Sep 28|
Moderate 60 AQI US
|Friday, Sep 29|
Moderate 66 AQI US
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Observing some of the air pollution figures on record in the early days of December 2021, it can be seen that Pom Prap Sattru Phai came in with US AQI readings of 124, a significant figure that placed Pom Prap Sattru Phai into the 'unhealthy for sensitive groups' air quality rating bracket, which as the name indicates can cause a wide range of health issues for more vulnerable groups of people, as well as also being of a level that starts to affect the general population, causing a number of unpleasant and dangerous respiratory or cardiac issues, as well as irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. Due to such high levels of pollution being present, safeguarding against pollution exposure becomes all the more important. The forecasts available on this page, as well as on the AirVisual app can aid greatly in knowing when pollution levels have spiked up to dangerous levels, as well as the precautions to take when smoke, haze and other noxious pollutants are permeating the atmosphere.
Pollution buildup in Pom Prap Sattru Phai is caused by a variety of sources, all of which are very similar to those that affect other provinces in Thailand, as well as any of the larger cities in South East Asia. Vehicle fumes are of great concern, especially for these satellite cities and districts of Bangkok, with many people living outside the center of the city as is common worldwide, for lower property prices and potentially better quality of life and so forth, but inevitably the employment is to be found within the inner city and thus the daily commutes are made, causing rush hour traffic (a common theme in Bangkok that many visitors and inhabitants are aware of) to release vast amounts of hazardous particle pollution, clouds of smoke, haze and smog, all with varying degrees of different pollutants in them. Older and lower quality vehicles still remain prevalent, even though there are many incentives in place to gradually phase them out altogether. This will aid greatly in pollution reduction in the major cities of Thailand but may prove much greater of a task in provincial areas throughout the countryside where ancient motorbikes, cars and trucks remain in use, leaking much larger amounts of noxious oil vapors due to their poor engine quality, as well as their exhaust fumes spitting out great clouds of dark smoke. Furthermore, vehicles contribute to other forms of particle pollution, with the consistent wear and tear placed on tire treads giving rise to large amounts of microscopic rubber particles entering into the atmosphere. From here they can cause a large number of health issues when inhaled, triggering off pre-existing health conditions as well as potentially invading the bloodstream if their size is diminutive enough, as well as gathering in the environment and wreaking devastation on ecosystems. Other causes of pollution present in Pom Prap Sattru Phai include smoke and haze from industrial activity, as was mentioned, with various industrial sites, factories, power plants and even private businesses that rely on the combustion of fuels, or even fossil fuels such as diesel, natural gas and coal to provide their energy needs. Other ones of note include dust given off from construction sites and road repairs, as well haze floating over from other provinces where slash and burn farming practices are still more heavily relied upon, despite being made illegal. This can cause seasonal spikes in pollution to occur, with the latter months of the year, namely September or October onwards, through to the early months of the following year.
Many of the main types of air pollutants that can be found in Pom Prap Sattru Phai are those that go into forming the US AQI figure, which is calculated from the main pollutants found prominently in the air throughout Thailand and the rest of the world. These include ones such as the two main forms of particle pollution, PM10 and PM2.5, with PM2.5 being considerably more hazardous than the larger PM10 (although this is not without its health risks when breathed). Having a size of 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter gives it the ability to bypass a majority of the body’s defenses, subsequently penetrating deep into the tissue of the lungs where it can cause many aggravated health issues as well as causing pre-existing ones to worsen, particularly those of the cardiac or pulmonary variety. Other health issues that may be caused by exposure are touched on in the following questions regarding health issues that may occur when one is exposed to air pollution in Pom Prap Sattru Phai. Referring back to the US AQI aggregate, the pollutants that go into forming this figure are sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide (both of which are regularly released from vehicles, with nitrogen dioxide being detected consistently in the air over regions that have a higher level of traffic, with the two having a strong relationship). Other US AQI pollutants include carbon monoxide and ozone, or smog as it is more commonly referred to when it accumulates on ground level. Other pollutants that present important health risks and are important to be informed on are ones known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that can maintain a gaseous state at lower temperatures, making them much easier to breathe and therefore inflict any related health issues. Some examples of VOCs are benzene, styrene, methylene chloride, formaldehyde and toluene. It is also useful to note and be aware that VOCs are found very commonly within households, being the most common form of indoor air pollution, often being emitted from materials such as paints, varnishes, glues, as well as many other household items such as scented candles, aerosols, or other various scented toiletry products.
Continuous exposure to high levels of air pollution in Pom Prap Sattru Phai can cause many dangerous health conditions to occur, with this being particularly pertinent to those individuals who fall into the sensitive group demographic, which will be covered in slightly more detail further in the article. Despite certain groups being more at risk, healthy adults without any pre-existing health conditions may also find themselves at risk to the negative side-effects of polluted air in Pom Prap Sattru Phai, particularly if exposure takes place over a longer period. This is of more importance for those that that find themselves living near to much more highly polluted areas such as industrial districts or near busy roads, where the air quality is often of much poorer quality, with hazardous particles, smoke, smog and haze being far more prevalent in the atmosphere for much of the year. A larger number of ailments that may show themselves amongst the inhabitants, would be the shorter-term ones such as dry throat and coughs, as well as the accompanying chest pains and infections of the upper respiratory tract. These can usually typically resolve themselves in a relatively short amount of time when the exposure to air pollution is stopped or reduced. As such, they can be classified as more acute health issues amongst potential health problems present in Pom Prap Sattru Phai. With non-stop air pollution exposure transpiring, respiratory issues may also grow into more long-term, chronic health problems. The constant chest infections sustained as well as the accompanying coughing can lead to the scarring of lung tissue, which can result in a significantly (and often permanent) decreased lung capacity. As well as this, the scarring or damage and inflammation to the tissue of the lungs can make one more vulnerable to a whole host of respiratory distress, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) presenting itself. This is an umbrella term that refers to a multitude of different lung and respiratory tract conditions, typically resulting in shortness of breath as well as making an individual at greater risk of severe damage from pollution exposure. Some further conditions that fall under the COPD bracket are one such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema as well as asthma. Other forms of damage that can happen within the body include increased risk of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and arrhythmias, as well as ischemic heart disease and many other cardiac or pulmonary conditions that can bring about decreased quality of life as well as lower life expectancy in Pom Prap Sattru Phai.
Groups that are more at risk to the ill effects of exposure to smoke, haze or smog in Pom Prap Sattru Phai are groups such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with pre-existing health conditions. Other people that may need to take extra care include pregnant women, those with hypersensitivity towards chemical pollutants, as well as young children and babies.