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Happy & Safe Diwali
From time immemorial, Diwali has come to be referred to as the Festival of Lights. So much so that, it has become a cliche of sorts and percolated down to the sub–conscious levels of every Indian. Indeed, it is a festival all Indians irrespective of caste and creed look forward to. The fun and revelry associated with Diwali is unrivalled among the festivals of India. Unfortunately, although Diwali brings light into our lives both literally and figuratively, the lighting of fire crackers could pose a few health hazards and encourage a few mishaps along the way. And that is precisely where all of us need to be a little watchful so that we ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable Diwali. A festival we could reminisce about in time to come and not one that would leave a trail of unhappy memories behind which we’d much rather forget. Children seem to be particularly vulnerable to the possibility of mishaps during Diwali since they are the ones who are most enthusiastic about lighting fire crackers. However, even adults could do with some caution and care. Found below are some of the precautionary measures that are indicated to avoid mishaps and have a safe and happy Diwali.
When Lighting Fire Crackers
Light crackers in open spaces only.
Use cotton and/or khadi clothing while lighting fire crackers.
Do not light any fire crackers in your own hand.
Do not light crackers in closed tins or empty pipes.
Maintain a safe distance from the fire crackers. Avoid bending over them.
Try lighting noiseless crackers if you can. They are just as enjoyable and a delight to the eyes.
In case you suffer burns, hold the part affected under cold running water and take the patient to the hospital immediately.
Make sure you keep a tub of water handy while lighting fire crackers.
Beware, fire crackers could cause you grievous injury.
Happy and Safe Diwali
Experts are of the view, fire crackers could be a causative factor leading to numerous health hazards. Besides, they enhance noise and air pollution levels. The harmful chemicals emitted through smoke are known to cause asthma, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. Moreover, the noise and dazzling light could cause optical as well as ENT–related problems. The blasting sounds caused by fire crackers which send the decibel levels soaring instantaneously could cause permanent or temporary impairment to the ear drums. All this is known to affect children, pregnant women, asthmatics and senior citizens much more than the rest of the population. They could experience irritability and watering of their eyes. What is a matter of concern particularly in the urban areas where pollution levels are high any how, is that during Diwali pollution levels are known to rise by about six to 10 per cent due to all the smoke and noise that fire crackers make. A comparative study of pollution levels before, during and after Diwali has indicated that nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide levels rise considerably during the festive season. Besides, noise pollution levels hit a high of up to 120 decibels, which is beyond what is considered to be the normal range.