The world is wrapped in the garbs of the jamboree. There is light all around. Excitement and happiness fill the air with positivity. People are joyously waiting for the festival of Diwali. Diwali is one such festival which is celebrated by most Indians irrespective of caste and religion. Houses are decorated and lighted to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. People dress themselves in new, brightly-colored attire, and feed on delicious dishes. There isn’t a single dish which remains untouched on this festival. Gifts are exchanged to show love and warmth towards family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Rangoli, crackers and sweets add the oomph factor to the celebrations.
But, did you know that every year around 20 percent of India’s population suffers from minor or major Diwali related accidents? Thousands of patients visit emergency clinics every year during Diwali. Despite the many efforts on behalf of the government, not a year goes by that our country does not see any Diwali related accidents. To avoid such incidents, more than government, it is ‘you’ who has to take precautions. No one can protect you better than yourself.
So, today, we have compiled some noteworthy tips to stay safe this Diwali:
- Clothes and Shoes: Bursting crackers is one of the main highlights of this festival. Everyone, regardless of their age, enjoys bursting crackers. But, before starting the enjoyment ensure that you are dressed in cotton clothes. You should strictly avoid wearing synthetic clothes as they catch fire very easily. Wear covered shoes to avoid any kind of foot injury. Tie your hair back, wear caps and wear safety goggles. Do not wear loose fitting clothes. Wear a mask if required to avoid breathing-related issues.
- Candles and Diyas: Everyone loves to light up their homes with candles and diyas. Ensure that you don’t place a candle near curtains, inflammable items or near electric wires.
- Safety for Children: Small kids are most susceptible to fire-related accidents. Instruct your children about the proper usage and disposal of firecrackers. Never allow any toddler or minor to play with crackers alone. Always supervise your kids.
- Precautions about Firing Crackers:
- Always burn crackers in an open field. Avoid any kind of indoor or closed area.
- Choose good quality crackers. Always buy crackers from licensed and reliable sellers.
- Always fire a cracker with an incense stick or a long fire wood. Never light a cracker directly with a naked flame as it will hurt your hand.
- Keep your stock of crackers in a closed box away from heat or electric wires.
- Burn one cracker at a time.
- While igniting aerial fire works like rockets, ensure that it is not directed at any open window, door or building. Make sure to use a large and sturdy glass bottle, not a plastic or metallic one.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Use ‘Green Crackers’ as they contain less harmful chemicals and will produce less pollution.
- Keep Things Handy: Always keep a fire extinguisher, a bucket of water or sand ready for emergency conditions. Keep the fire brigade number saved in your mobile. In case your clothes catch fire, instead of rushing here and there, try to step on it or roll on the floor to cut down the oxygen supply to the fire quickly.
- First Aid: Keep your first aid kit nearby while burning crackers. In case any minor injury happens, it can be treated immediately. For treating minor burns and preventing infections you may use these home products;
- Cold Water
- Aloe Vera
- Coconut Oil
- Diluted Vinegar
Take painkillers to relieve the pain if necessary. Minor burns usually heal in a week. Persistent pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing indicates infection and needs medical treatment.
- Sweets: Make sure that you buy good quality sweets as some sellers use adulterated colours and materials to sell sweets at cheap prices. Always buy sweets from trusted and recognized sellers.
- Pet Safety: During most of the Diwali celebrations, we lose interest in taking care of our pets or stray dogs. But dogs are most vulnerable to the noise of the crackers. So, keep your pets at home only. Most of the stray dogs sit under cars, so check under the cars before driving or burning crackers.
- Environment: During Diwali celebrations, don’t treat the environment badly. Don’t throw crackers on trees, plants or in lakes.
- Spread Awareness: Spread awareness about the increasing noise and air pollution so that people will try to avoid things which will further increase pollution. Share your knowledge with friends, family, and neighbours. Also, educate your domestic workers and other labourers.
These are some tips which will surely make your Diwali not only happy but safe as well.
Viva Books wishes our readers a very happy and safe Diwali. Enjoy the festival. Don’t forget to share your happiness and sweets with poor people who can’t afford to buy it.