I won’t be posting for 4-5 days because I will be on holiday till Sunday night. I hope to post on Monday but most probably it will be on Tuesday.
Please do keep visiting to catch up on any post you might have missed. If a comment or two goes into moderation don’t mind it…I shall try and get that fixed from the place where I am going to.
In the meantime I am leaving you with some guidelines on firecrackers issued by the police based on the directives of the Supreme Court. These are actually commonsense restrictions but it’s amazing how many of us flout them!
- Firecrackers cannot be burst on the roads, in public places, under residential buildings and on terraces.
- Firecrackers can be burst only between 6 pm and 10 pm.
- Firecrackers are totally banned in silence zones (hospitals, educational institutions, courts etc and surrounding areas up to 100 metres).
- The production/sale/display of firecrackers that make a noise above 120 decibels are banned.
- The production/sale/display of a chain of 50-100 firecrackers of above 105 decibels and above and all chains of 100 firecrackers and above is prohibited.
150 dB = loud rock music
140 dB = firearms, air raid siren, jet engine
130 dB = jackhammer
120 dB = jet plane taking-off, amplified rock music at 4-6 ft, car stereo, band practice
110 dB = rock music, model airplane
106 dB = timpani and bass drum rolls
100 dB = snowmobile, chain saw, pneumatic drill
90 dB = lawnmower, shop tools, truck traffic, subway
80 dB = alarm clock, busy street
70 dB = busy traffic, vacuum cleaner
60 dB = conversation, dishwasher
Warning Signs of Hazardous Noise
You must raise your voice to be heard
You can’t hear someone two feet away from you
Speech around you sounds muffled or dull after leaving a noise area
You have pain or ringing on your ears (tinnitus) after exposure to noise.
If you think you have “gotten used to” the noise you are routinely exposed to, then most likely you have already suffered damage and have acquired a permanent hearing loss. Don’t be fooled by thinking your ears are “tough” or that you have the ability to “tune it out”! Noise induced hearing loss is usually gradual and painless, but, unfortunately, permanent. Once destroyed, the hearing nerve and its sensory nerve cells do not regenerate!