On February 7th, 2024, Mr. Karom Phonphonklang, the Deputy Government Spokesperson, gave a statement for the Chinese New Year Celebration from February 8th to the 10, emphasizing monitoring the lighting of incense, candles, firecrackers, and burning of paper money.
The Deputy Government Spokesperson publicly stated that the Thai government was concerned about the health problems from PM 2.5 smoke on a concerning level. To reduce small dust particles in the atmosphere and protect the environment, the Thai government asked to reduce the use of incense and to use electric incense instead.
Furthermore, for good hygiene, one should wash their hands frequently. When in a high-density area of PM 2.5 smoke, one should also drink more water, the Deputy Government Spokesperson advised.
During the long holidays, working companies should regularly check and maintain electric devices and inspect their relevant buildings 24 hours a day to prevent fire incidents, concluded the Deputy Government Spokesperson.