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Hightime To Ban & End The Malaise Of Fireworks - By Aires Rodrigues
Saturday - Jan 21, 2023
Hightime To Ban & End The Malaise Of Fireworks - By Aires Rodrigues
The recent fire at a paint factory, the worst in Goa’s history must act as an eye-opener. Environmental and noise pollution should be a matter of concern to all. The Government needs to totally ban all fireworks in the best interests of protecting the wellbeing of the population from air and noise pollution. Fireworks cause serious air pollution, produce a lot of garbage and noise, and are a huge disturbance especially for children, the elderly as well as animals. It causes distress, especially as fireworks can sound like gunfire and can aggravate a nervous condition. Firecrackers are in fact a waste of money. Safeguarding our health and protecting the lives of others should be our priority.
 
The adverse effects of fireworks on people, animals and property must not be underestimated. They contain chemical components like saltpetre, carbon and sulphur. When these are ignited hazardous oxides of gases are emitted which causes suffocation, reduces visibility, resulting in other health hazards. Medical experts state that the air gets contaminated with toxic gases and remains for days. The toxic elements that reach the lungs, cannot be removed thereafter and can cause grave health issues. These have long-term effects on children. They frighten children and adults, cause fires and terrify pets and wildlife.
 
The sparkles from fireworks may last a few seconds but the hazardous toxic air pollution can linger in our environment, towns and cities for many hours. Such short-lived entertainment does not justify the immediate and long-term damage to our health, wealth and environment.
 
Our Goa must take the lead by shunning fireworks. We could initiate the beginning of what would ensure a better environment and cleaning the atmospheric dirt across the nation. Once a total ban on firecrackers and fireworks is in place, there should be very rigorous enforcement. People acting in violation should be severely penalized so that it acts as a deterrent to all. Let us hope and pray that common sense will prevail and that fireworks will be banned by the Government for the common good.

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Comments (1)
Inacio Eva Antao
Sunday - Jan 22, 2023
It is each one's responsibility to stay away from firing crackers. Really can't understand what pleasure one gets in firing these noisome objects. Hope better sense prevails. The article is very educative.
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