On 25th September 2012, Phuket Health Department (PHD) held a meeting regarding protection against diseases and accidents at this year’s Vegetarian Festival. The meeting was chaired by Dr.Sak Tenchaikul of PHD and featured guest speakers including Dr.Amornrat Tantithippong – Chief of Occupational Medicine, Mr.Kittithuch Maitreejit a nurse from Vachira Phuket Hospital A & E Department and Miss Saowanee Rathanadilok Na the Phuket Shrine’s Headwoman.
Dr.Sak said “This year’s Vegetarian Festival, being held from 15th – 25th October 2012 Phuket should be a happy occasion. However, last year’s festival saw many injuries due to firecrackers. There were a total of 39 reported injuries from firecrackers, 14 to the eyes and 25 to the hands and legs. There were also 2 casualties of smoke inhalation, one which resulted in death. This meeting is being held to help reduce the number of injuries.”
“There are a large amount of firecrackers used in the parade and from a report is on last year’s it appears that they are mostly used around palanquins and this causes a great deal of danger to those carrying the palanquins.”
The report also found that Jui Tui Shrine was the shrine which had the most noise, with a maximum sound level of 135 dB and an average sound level of 122.6 dB. This is because Hui Tui Shrine is where most firecrackers are used. The other shrines reported normal sound levels.