By Sarita Dube
We all wish to celebrate the festival of lights with fun and safety. Prime concern for parents is prevention of burn.
Fire cracker, candles, decorative lights, electrical decorative lights and other uncontrolled fire are major causes of burn and even deaths during Diwali.
Following are 10 precautions to celebrate burn free Diwali:-
1- Always burst crackers in buddy system–
When one person is playing with crackers other person should act as buddy and keep an watch for his safety.
It will minimise the chances of accidents and unsafe behaviour.
2. Use good quality Firecrackers
It is seen that before diwali many low quality and cheap firecrackers appear in market.
These are unreliable and may contain harmful chemicals.Sometimes , these low quality ‘anar’ blast instead of displaying spark shower.
Always buy crackers from a vendor who has been licensed to sell crackers by government agencies. buy crackers from licensed shops that are regulated by government agencies.
Recently,CSIR has developed and released less polluting and safe crackers.These are available in market.You must use these crackers.
3- Ensure safety of crackers during storage
4- Keep fire extinguisher in close proximity
near the spot of burning of crackers.
You can throw misfired crackers in water bucket so that these are not re-used by others.
, also, keep, portable fire extinguisher near by.
Fire extinguishers are not very costly and you must invest on it.
Comcor Global,a disaster management company,sell good quality fire extinguishers at very competitive prices.
5. Never wear inflammable clothing
Prefer to wear clothes which are nor very loose or neither very tight.Your clothes should not hamper your mobility.
6- Brust crackers in a designated safe area
Sparks and fragments from crackers can ignite a fire leading to the loss of life and property.
7-Never burst crackers in crowded areas
To avoid any such mishap, avoid bursting crackers in areas that are densely populated or have electrical equipment nearby.
While bursting rockets, point them towards the sky and position them carefully.
8. Avoid alcohol or intoxication during Diwali
9. Keep a first aid kit handy
Aleo Vera and honey also provide good relief in burn cases.
Learn more about handling of burn.
If someone sustain burn injury, provide first aid and if needed consult a doctor.
Always keep all emergency numbers in your phone and display it at an visible place in your home and office.
10- Make an Emergency Plan
Younger children are more prone to misadventures and doing experiment crackers.
Designate an adult family member as supervisor or safety observer for them.
Plan for alarm system so that in case of any emergency you can alert other members of your family and friends.
“Always prepare an emergency plan and do rehearsal.Involve each member of your family and educate them about it.” says Dr Deepak Pandey,eminent disaster management expert.
Make an escape plan for any fire disaster which goes beyond your control.
Elderly persons, children and females should escape first.
“Identify atleast two escape routes and designate an assembly area.” Dr Deepak further advises.
The assembly area should be a safe place outside your house or office.It should not have effect of current fire emergency.
Any celebration is done for enjoyment and bonding.
Diwali is an excellent festival of lights and enjoyment.Little planning and few precautions will make it memorable and real fun.