It is soon going to be that time of the year again. Sob sob…

Singapore has been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires in the region periodically, which increases in effect as dry season approaches, typically in the month of June – August. Haze brings terrible degrees of smoke and pollution with it. The intensity of the haze is measured in terms of PSI and PM2.5. While PSI (Pollution Standards Index) is a scale to interpret overall hazy conditions, PM2.5 indicates the Particulate Matter that is tiny in size 2.5 micrometers in diameter. This particulate matter consists of dust, soot, dirt etc.

In 2013, PSI had reached at 401. Fortunately, that time I was on vacation in India so didn’t really “experienced” it..But it came back again with the same intensity in 2015..Remember it reached hazardous levels of 300-350 and even caused school closures. Singapore endured an unhealthy PSI reading of over 150 that lasted over a month. While we are unable to avoid the haze, we are certainly able to reduce our risk of exposure to air pollutants as such.

The short-term effects of haze includes:

• Irritation or inflammation to eyes, nose and throat.
• Headache and dizziness.
• Decreased lung function, depressed respiratory immune defenses, chest pain.

Personally, I suffer in haze even if I am not in sensitive group. That peculiar smell causes coughing and I can feel suffocation to the core. Imagine how much elderly and little kids have to face. When things got unbearable, I got air purifier last year. It keeps my family and me away from haze to a great extent when we are indoors.

But how about outdoors? or should we just lock ourselves and remain indoors?

We can of course wear masks when we have to go outdoors for office, for school and for other errands. Which mask to wear?

Now here is the hiccup! I or rather many of us happily use surgical masks and go outdoors in haze. Is this a correct way to combat haze? No, not really…

Then N95 mask? yes, good…but the N95 variety that I tried last year was tight and uncomfortable. Also, for kids small faces, it didn’t suit well…

I discovered this and many other interesting facts about haze and what type of mask I really should wear when I attended AIR+ SMART Mask Blogger’s Family Workshop @ Mint Museum last month.

Mint Museum is an amazing place to be and please wait for my dedicated post on it to know more. 🙂 🙂

It is soon going to be that time of the year again. No more sobbing!!!

What is AIR+ SMART MASK?

The Smart Mask is ergonomically designed with three mask sizes (Small, Medium, Large), nose cushions, and adjustable head straps to achieve a close facial fit for well-sealed protection and maximized comfort. Tested on Asian facial profiles, the Smart Mask can also fit the smaller faces of children as young as 7 years old.

Additionally, our Smart Valve is fitted on the inside of the Smart Mask. The exhalation jets directly open the valve, keeping it open for a longer period than normal valves, for maximum exhalation relief.

The AIR⁺ Smart Mask is tested in accordance to the EN 149:2001+A1:2009 (European) and the N95 NIOSH-approved (American) standards. Under both test standards, the Smart Mask achieved at least 95% filtration efficiency against non-oil based particles, including PM2.5.

This means every AIR⁺ Smart Mask you buy, regardless of size, is a N95 mask.

Which size is suitable for my loved ones and me?

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AIR+ Smart Mask is available in 3 sizes – S, M and L

Sizes

Small Medium Large
Recommended for

Children from 7 years and older

Children from 7 years and older

For Adults

Certification EN149:2001+A1:2009 EN149:2001+A1:2009 EN149:2001+A1:2009
Usage duration Up to 8 hours continuously or intermittently over several days.

 

Discard when filter medium becomes difficult to breathe through.

Up to 8 hours continuously or intermittently over several days.

 

Discard when filter medium becomes difficult to breathe through.

Up to 8 hours continuously or intermittently over several days.

Discard when filter medium becomes difficult to breathe through.

 How to use AIR+ SMART MASK?

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Easy? definitely…I demo it on my kids and they found it pretty comfortable and as a parent I found it no-hassle and complete protection mask.

What is AIR+ Micro Ventilator?

Now I like this feature a lot because of its uniqueness and due to the benefits it offers. It’s an add-on to the AIR+ Smart Mask.

As you exhale, most respiratory masks trap heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide, and it causes discomfort and breathing difficulties. The increased CO2 levels may also cause altered visual performance, headaches and dizziness, decreased alertness, irritability, and shortness of breath.

The AIR+ Micro Ventilator enhances breathability by expelling the moisture and carbon dioxide build-up within the mask rapidly as you exhale, thus reducing the heat and increased CO2 levels for a cooler comfort.

Designed for daily use, the AIR⁺ Micro Ventilator is rechargeable easily via micro USB.

 

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Big Thank You to AIR+ SMART MASK Blogger’s Family Workshop for giving me so many insights for protecting my loved ones from haze.

In the workshop, Product Engineers demonstrated the mask and answered our queries. There were fun quizzes for kids…My daughter won small prize :D…and later workshop @ Mint Museum for kiddos. Very nicely organized event and very informative!! Here are some fun pics of the workshop exclusively for our readers to view:

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So this haze season, my choice is going to be AIR+ SMART MASK for these reasons –

  • It filters  at least 95% of all non-oil based airborne particles, including harmful air pollution such as PM2.5 particles, haze, volcanic ash and viruses.
  • Its design is ergonomic.
  • It comes with an add-on in the form of AIR+ Micro Ventilator which makes the mask more breathable and comfortable

How about you?

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