The biggest festive season has hit the country spreading the feeling of happiness and enthusiasm. Diwali is known as the festival of lights where people burst crackers and light the Diya, decorate their house with different types of lightnings. While being busy with all the arrangements being made available for the visiting guests at home, people often lose their attention towards the drastically changing weather of earth. Diwali being a festival of lights, it has been always known to the people of our country as the festival where firecrackers are burned to the level at which it becomes impossible to breath. Have you ever noticed that on the night of Diwali all the roads, be it a highway or even the narrowest alley, all are empty after the cracker have been burst all along for more than one or two hours. They are empty of souls, no animals, not even a rat is found roaming around the corner.
All the animals who still have a natural instinct left in them are scared of loud noises and turn into a psyched beast as they cannot tolerate the loud sound produced by the firecrackers. They either hide themselves in drains and sewer lines or run into random houses of their specific area.
All of these signs are natural indications that something is not right of whatever is happening or is being made happen. The crackers that we burst produced large amount of air pollution and sound pollution at the same time. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has set few rules depending on the decibels of the sound produced by firecrackers. The firecrackers emitting noise level above 125 dB (AI) or 145 dB (C) are totally banned in the state. These decibels are measured from a distance of 4 meters from the point of bursting cracker.
During the emission of smoke and loud sound some of the harmful substances are also discharged form the crackers. These substances are so harmful than they can directly affect on the human body and the internal parts of a person.
These crackers produce chemicals oxides of sulphur. Also, they emit phosphorus, led, copper, manganese, sodium, zinc, magnesium, potassium. Sulphur dioxide is readily soluble and dissolves in air ways of human body, in respiratory system and is allergic to human skin. Oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide create congestion problems and chest problem and even throat allergies. Besides this the solid waste is also produced on a large scale. The firecrackers are manufactured and imported in plastic wrappings which is banned in the Maharashtra state.This festival has always been about pollution and desperation of lives, let’s make efforts for a living and save ourselves a pure breath this time.
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