Taal Volcano, located in Batangas City, started releasing severe ashes at 2:20pm Philippine time on January 12, 2020. The areas affected are Cavite, Batangas and Metro Manila.

A view of the eruption of Taal Volcano, about 50km from Manila. Photo Credit: Twitter/Ivan Castro

Here are some recommendations you can follow for yourself and your family’s safety.

  1. Be Calm. Stay Indoors.
  2. Close windows and doors to avoid ash from entering.
  3. Wear dust masks (recommended N85 masks) for breathing and eye glasses for eye protection when outdoors.
  4. Keep all pets indoors.
  5. Use closed food containers to avoid ash contamination.
  6. When driving, make sure to drive slow because ash can affect road visibility.
  7. Do not open air-conditioning units and clothes dryers.
  8. Clean your roof of ash. Do not allow the ash to accumulate.
  9. Follow any evacuation orders issued by authorities.
  10. Listen to radio, watch television/online streaming for updates on news related to ash fall activity.

Be mindful of Ash Fall health impact because it may result in the following:

  • Noise and throat irritation
  • Coughing
  • Discomfort while breathing
  • Eye irritation
  • Minor skin problems

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