Time to get serious about unbearable noise pollution on Diwali
Time to get serious about unbearable noise pollution on Diwali
Nishi Bhat
Time to get serious about unbearable noise pollution on Diwali
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Time to get serious about unbearable noise pollution on Diwali

We celebrate Diwali with all the excitement and it is no secret. People love to burst firecrackers on the day. At the same time, it is also important to experience a safe Diwali. 

It is also a time to think about drawing a line during Diwali. Restraint is needed while bursting firecrackers. 

Extensive fireworks also affect the eyes and ears of people. Burn injuries are also rampant during the festival. As per the doctors, eyes and ears discomfort usually comes after a day or two.

The government has taken this issue seriously and advised people to use only green crackers during Diwali. But it is also seen that people are not following the rules and bursting crackers on their will. 

People have literally no option but to endure unbearable noise pollution between 7 pm and 1 am on the day of Diwali. 

Dr PP Singh, Ex-Head of ENT department of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital said, “A normal person can listen to 85 decibels of sound continuously for eight to ten hours. However, even after this time, their ear capacity and inner coccalia continues to be affected.” 

After a time, doctors recommend hearing aids to people exposed to such a sound. Two days before Diwali, people start bursting crackers. It affects people great way.

The influx of patients normally increase after Diwali. A large number of people visit the OPD (Out Patient Department) with ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) problems.  

Normally, firecrackers produce sound in excess of 124 decibels. People must be 3-4 meters away during the bursting of crackers to avoid any damages to the ear. Companies are making firecrackers which produces sound more than 130-140 decibels.