Diwali is the occasion of joyous celebrations. This festival of light is marked with fun and fireworks!! The delicious food, sparkling fireworks, and diyas bring in joy and excitement. However, one cannot ignore the involved risk factors such as burn, injuries and fire accidents. There are some dos and don’ts to be kept in mind when you have gala time with your family and loved ones.
- Say no to indoor diwali blast! Burst crackers in an open space and make sure that there is no combustible or inflammatory substance around.
- Always purchase fireworks from licensed seller.
- Do remember to read the instructions printed on the label of cracker, especially if the cracker is new to use.
- Store firework in a closed container and keep them away from any inflammatory or combustible substances around.
- While burning the cracker maintain safe distance between your body (especially your face) and the cracker.
- Keep burn ointments, bucketful of water and fire extinguishers handy, as a first aid measure
- In the case of minor burns splash cold water on the affected area. Cover it with a moist sterile bandage and immediately visit the doctor.
- While burning the crackers tie their hair properly, especially if you have long hair
- Keep watch on what you wear. Avoid long and loose clothes as they are likely to catch fire. Wear fitted cotton clothes.
- Make sure that your child burst crackers in your supervision. Take special care of small children.
- If noise of crackers is deafening for you then put cotton plugs in your ears to avoid damage.
- Do keep buckets of water ready for emergency.
- People with ant kind of respiratory problems must stay indoors.
- Make sure to remove any inflammable object from your roof top.
- Wear footwear while lighting fireworks.
- First aid kits should be kept handy.
- Don’t light crackers in hand because there is a scope of miscalculation in terms of time the cracker might take to burn.
- Don’t leave the firecrackers around burning candles and diyas.
- Never burst crackers around electric pole and wires.
- Never throw half burnt crackers, they may fall on an inflammable object and cause fire.
- Don’t wear silks and synthetic fabrics when you are in cracker bursting area.
- Avoid using open fire (matches or lighters) for bursting crackers. Instead use sparkler, long fire wood or agarbatti to burst a cracker.
- Don’t ever try to burst crackers inside any vehicle.
- Avoid tampering with crackers if they take longer time to burst. Maintain safe distance from the cracker and throw some water to diffuse it.