Have a fire-safe Deep­avali while also en­joy­ing your­self!

A TO Z INDIA - - Inside - Indira Sri­vatsa, Ed­i­tor | ed­i­tor@atozin­dia­magazine.com

The fes­ti­val of lights, Deep­avali, brings fun, joy and to­geth­er­ness. Chil­dren and youth ea­gerly look for­ward for the ar­rival of the fes­ti­val. In fact, they be­gin burst­ing of crack­ers well be­fore the fes­ti­val. Though Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions mean lots of fun and en­joy­ment, one needs to be ex­tra care­ful dur­ing this fes­ti­val of lights and crack­ers. Un­for­tu­nately, im­proper han­dling and play­ing with fire­works mar the cel­e­bra­tions ev­ery year. With in­ci­dents of skin burns, eye in­juries and even loss of eye-sight be­ing re­ported ev­ery year, it is im­per­a­tive to take pre­cau­tions.

The Govern­ment sug­gests some safety tips for a happy and safe Deep­avali.

Do’s: An adult should al­ways su­per­vise the use of fire­works by chil­dren. Check the area be­fore ig­nit­ing fire­works to en­sure that all in­flammable and com­bustible ma­te­ri­als are re­moved. Fol­low all safety pre­cau­tions is­sued with the fire­works. Use an in­cense stick to ig­nite fire­works. They pro­vide a greater and safer dis­tance be­tween your hands and the fire­works. Keep two buck­ets full of wa­ter handy. Use fire­works only out­doors. Light only one fire­work at a time. Fire­crack­ers, bombs and flow­er­pots should not be lighted hold­ing them. It is al­ways safer to light them from the side with­out bend­ing over them. Move away quickly be­fore they burst. Hold lighted sparklers away from the body. Fly­ing fire­works rock­ets, mis­siles, etc. should al­ways be lighted in open grounds point­ing straight up. Wear close-fit­ting clothes of thick ma­te­rial in­stead of loose or flow­ing gar­ments. Con­sult an oph­thal mol­o­gist im­me­di­ately in case of eye in­juries.

Don'ts: Never give fire­works to small chil­dren. Never ig­nite fire­works while hold­ing them. Put them down, then ig­nite them and walk away. Do not ig­nite fire­works in­side a metal or a glass con­tainer. Ig­nite aerial fire­works in an open air space. Never re-light a fire­work which has not burnt prop­erly. Do not throw fire­works at other peo­ple. Do not carry fire­works in your pocket. En­sure that your chil­dren don't en­gage in dan­ger­ous pranks such as throw­ing lighted crack­ers or sparklers at oth­ers, or try to make fire­works them­selves.

Other tips : Keep your mo­bile phones handy in case of emer­gency. Af­ter ig­nit­ing the fire­works, wash your hands with soap and wa­ter. In case of burn in­juries, im­merse the burnt area un­der run­ning or cold wa­ter un­til the burns or pain sub­sides. Do not ap­ply oint­ment, oil, cook­ing ghee and but­ter on the burnt area as it in­creases the risk of in­fec­tions. If a per­son catches fire, roll the per­son down. Rolling will put out most of the flames. Do not pull of the cloth­ing or pour cold wa­ter, be­cause the cloth­ing of­ten melts into the skin. You will pull off large ar­eas of skin and make the per­son more at risk for shock and in­fec­tion. If the per­son is not breathing and re­spon­sive, im­me­di­ately per­form Car­dio Pul­monary Re­sus­ci­ta­tion. (It is an emer­gency pro­ce­dure which is per­formed in an ef­fort to man­u­ally pre­serve in­tact brain func­tion un­til fur­ther mea­sures are taken to re­store spon­ta­neous blood cir­cu­la­tion and breathing in a per­son in car­diac ar­rest). Fol­low­ing th­ese pre­cau­tions can go a long way in en­sur­ing a safe Di­wali. In case of med­i­cal emer­gen­cies, dial 108.Happy Read­ing,

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