KOZHIKODE: The Kerala State Pollution Control Board (PCB) in its recent notice ahead of the Vishu festival, has asked for the cooperation of the public and fireworks traders in implementing safety regulations on the use of pyrotechnics during Vishu festival. The circular has asked traders not to sell crackers with decibel levels higher than 120 Db, as it has been banned.
KPCB Chairman K. Sajeevan said, “Every year, ahead of Vishu we strictly warn traders and also the public to follow the norms of the PCB as firecrackers have resulted in some major mishaps in Kerala apart from causing pollution. We want traders to strictly keep away from firecrackers which are in the form of clusters and also those that burst loudly.” He added that PCB had asked the public to stick to fireworks that have a visual appeal rather than those that are loud. “Banned fireworks have not reached the markets in the city or elsewhere in the state,” Mr Sajeevan said.