DCOMM reminds public to protect their hearing during the Carnival season
Philipsburg – Carnival time is here again. The Department of Communication (DCOMM) is reminding the public to protect their hearing during this festive time. In addition, there is the additional message of “Don’t Drive while Intoxicated.”
Starting on Thursday, April 13, for the next couple of weeks DCOMM will share—via Tv/Video, Radio, Print, and Social Media—several Public Service Announcements.
With this awareness campaign that DCOMM has undertaken, under the banner of #reduce noise pollution, the members of the community are strongly encouraged to protect their hearing and those of loved ones and family members while experiencing and enjoying all aspects of Carnival, from watching the parades on the side of the road, taking part in jumping and jamming behind or in front of the trucks, attending concerts, and hanging out at the bars and restaurants along the Pond Fill road and by the booths inside the Carnival Village.
There are several ways to protect one’s hearing, from wearing earplugs or cotton balls to staying a little distance from the loudspeakers and not being close to the loudspeakers for prolonged periods. Prolonged exposure to loud music or noise or being too close to sound, or loud music without ear protection can cause harm to your hearing. The idea is to convey a message to the community about the seriousness of hearing loss.
The PSAs will air on SXM Radio 107.9FM, SXMGOV Facebook, Sint Maarten Government @ Instagram and Twitter, and the Government Information Page in print newspaper.
Reminding the residents, visitors, guests, and everyone else that noise pollution affects your health by disturbing sleep and mental focus, causing hearing loss, and raising your blood pressure.
DCOMM hereby wishes all an enjoyable and festive Carnival and encourages everyone to look out for and to tune into our programs and messages on all of our mediums.
Phase 4 of the Noise Pollution/Protect Your Hearing campaign is for the summer months and is aimed at parents, guardians, adults, bigger siblings, and children.