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31 booths at fair warned about excessive noise levels

31 booths at fair warned about excessive noise levels

MONDAY, November 26, 2018

Thirtyone vending booths at the “Thai Red Cross Fair 2018” have been warned after making too much noise during this year’s event, Pollution Control Department (PCD) chief Pralong Damrongthai said on Monday.

The annual charity event, which features a large number of sales booths, is being held at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park from November 23 to December 1.
The PCD, along with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and related agencies, has formed a noisecontrol committee to conduct random tests to ensure that noise is kept under 80 decibels, and to authorise and appropriately adjust sound systems at booths.
This is stricter than the previous maximum rate of 82 decibels because the fair this year is located close to communities, hospitals, hotels and schools, Pralong explained. 
The committee’s random tests on 76 booths during November 2325 detected noise ranging from 60 to 100.5 decibels at the fair, and so a warning was given to the 31 offending booths.
If a booth receives three warning letters during the event, it will be immediately banned from using any soundamplification system for one evening.
The executives of the agency or company that runs the stall in question would be summoned to acknowledge the noisedetection results, before its permission to use a sound system was revoked, he added.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Thai Red Cross Society, and the fair – held under the theme “125 Years of the Thai Red Cross Society, Bringing Together Hearts for Beautiful Giving” – was moved this year to Lumpini Park, as it offers improved access for the public.