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Oct 16, 2009

Crackers - Follow guidelines or pay fine !


The District Administration in association with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has issued a set of guidelines for a safe and accident-free Deepavali.

As per the Supreme Court guidelines, firecrackers should not be used between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Smoke pollution caused by firecrackers would lead to breathing difficulties, allergy and other ailments, a release from Collector, P. Umanath said. Use of fire crackers should be avoided on roads that witness heavy traffic, places that witness congregations.

Use of firecrackers should be strictly avoided in areas close to hospitals, schools, court complexes.Those violating the fiat would be dealt with legally and would attract a fine of Rs 1,000 or even imprisonment. Public are requested to avoid using firecrackers that generate high levels of noise.The guidelines suggested that the money spent on firecrackers could be donated to provide education and clothes to poor children. Firecrackers should be burst in open grounds as a community celebration.

Avoid stocking firecrackers in one place, long incense sticks should be used to light firecrackers.Also, loose clothes should be avoided while bursting firecrackers and footwear must be worn.In case of burns, pour water over the wounds. Eyes should be washed properly if some foreign particle gets into them.Firecrackers should be used only under adult supervision. Children should not be allowed to stock firecrackers in their pockets. Firecrackers which fizzle out should not be re-ignited.

Also, keep sand and water ready before bursting firecrackers.To ensure that the festival of lights brings happiness and prosperity and to avoid accidents, use firecrackers that emanate more light and less noise, Dr. Umanath added.

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