A time for celebration Diwali should not translate into an undying occasion of loss, regret and repentance. Safety tips that must be kept handy to serve you well this festive season.
- Never light Diyas or candles near the curtains or any other hanging decorations of the home.
- Make sure candles are fixed firmly on a surface that is steady and not inflammable.
- Diya near electrical wiring is a big no.
Dressing festive but safe –
- Cotton cloth only for your Diwali clothes. One of the most important of safety tips.
- Synthetic fibers are a strict no for Diwali.
- Well fitted over loose and flowy clothes to avoid catching fire.
- Not the best look but a saree or dupatta secured at the waist will save you.
Firing crackers big and small –
- Never store the fire crackers near the place where you are lighting the crackers or electrical wirings. .
- Go to any outdoor, open space, like a garden, a park or an open terrace.
- Place crackers properly on a firm surface only and avoid using hands directly.
- Never let the children light fire crackers alone; ensure that they are supervised by more than one adult.
- Light fire crackers at a distance from the gathering.
- Always move away after lighting a fire cracker.
- Dispose the firecrackers immediately in a bucket of water.
First aid for burns –
- Keep a bucket of water, sand or fire extinguisher near the place where you are firing the crackers.
- In case you got fire on your cloth do not rush instead step on it or roll on the floor to cut down the oxygen supply to the fire quickly.
- Keep a first aid box ready for Diwali.
- In case of incidents of mild burn, the burnt area of the body can be washed in cool water at for 10 minutes followed by an emolient.
- For severe cases of burn, douse water for 15 mins and then rush to doctor.
- In case of severe burn, remove the clothes from the body of the person immediately and keep him/her wrapped in a thick cotton bed sheet before taking to the hospital.