Safety first this Diwali

2015-11-04 06:00

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DIWALI is a time for fun and festivity. Regardless of age, anyone from six-years-old to sixty-years-old enjoys fireworks and having their favourite sweets on Diwali day. However, we also see and hear of a lot of accidents related to Diwali fireworks. Most of these unfortunate accidents can be prevented by following these basic tips.

The dos:

*Make sure you buy fireworks from a licensed shop.

*Always keep the fireworks in a closed box.

*Store crackers away from sources of fire or ignition; also keep them away from the reach of toddlers.

*Read the instructions and follow all safety precautions instructed with regard to the use of fireworks.

*Burst crackers in open spaces like playgrounds and fields.

*While lighting the crackers, stand at an arm's length, away from the cracker.

*Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water this way you can avoid people from stepping on to and hurting their feet from used fireworks thrown on the ground.

*Keep buckets of water and blankets ready, in case a fire breaks out.

*Wear thick cotton clothes while bursting crackers, so as to ensure maximum safety from fire.

*While igniting Diwali aerial fireworks like rockets, ensure that they are not facing any opening like a window, door or an open building gate. If the rockets zoom into them, it may cause a fire.

*Wear footwear while lighting Diwali fireworks.

*Light only one firework at a time and one person should do it.
Others should watch from a safe distance.


*Don't burn crackers in crowded, congested places, narrow lanes, near sources of fire or inside the house.

*Don't let children burst crackers unaccompanied. Keep an eye on them constantly.

*Don't put fireworks in your pocket.

*Don't dare to examine un-burst crackers. Leave it! Light a new cracker.

*Don't show the dare-devilry of lighting crackers in your hands. One tends to light bombs, by bringing them close to the candle or incense, rather than bringing the incense close to the bomb. Avoid doing such feats, as there are chances of the firework falling on someone passing by.

*Avoid long loose clothes, as they are fast in catching fire.

*Strictly avoid using matches and lighters for bursting crackers for Diwali as they have open flames that can be dangerous.

*Never ignite aerial fireworks (like rockets) if there is any overhead obstruction present like trees and wires.

*Never ever leave a lit match, incense stick or sparkler near unused crackers.

*Never experiment with crackers or make your own fireworks.

*Avoid bursting crackers on the roads - it could cause a major road accident.

*Never ever light a cracker while holding it in your hand. See to it that you put it down and then ignite it.

*Don't keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it.

*Do not throw fireworks at people.

*Never give any firework item to small children.

*When crackers take time or do not ignite immediately, do not keep trying to burst them. Move away immediately. Throw some water to diffuse them.
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