The most awaited festival, Diwali is just around the corner and the night sky would be illuminated with firecrackers. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile and his victory over the Demon Ravana. It’s most probably the only festival, where the Hindus decorate their entire household with loads of decorations such as diyas, candles, lanterns, string lights with different patterns and many more to light up the house.
A wide range and variety of sweets are exchanged between friends and families to celebrate the joyous occasion. The most favourite part of the festival for many children as well as grown ups is when they light up different kinds of crackers and fireworks in the evening.
Firecrackers are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries when not handled cautiously
It is important to follow certain measures in order to make sure that you and your family members are safe around firecrackers.
Follow these precautions to have a safe and enjoyable Diwali while bursting your crackers:
Always buy branded firecrackers
Non branded or low quality crackers may contain harmful chemicals that can lead to serious health issues.
Store the firecrackers in a safe place
Firecrackers are highly combustible and should be stored in hard plastic or wooden containers where do not catch fire. Even a small spark can cause a mishap.
Carry a bucket of water and sand
While bursting your crackers, it’s always a good idea to have a bucket of water or sand nearby in case something catches fire.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
Cotton, denim and khadi are highly recommended to wear when you are bursting crackers as materials such as silk or nylon can catch fire easily.
Choose an open area
Do not burst crackers inside your home or in the corridor. Choose an open area and keep a safe distance from electrical appliances.
Last but not the least, and the most important factor is to keep a first aid kit handy in case of a mishap.
For Asthma Patients:
Completely avoid going outdoors or bursting the crackers. Always carry a handkerchief or a cloth to cover your mouth to save yourself from dust allergies. Keep your inhaler handy. If you start feeling breathless, resort to quick-relief inhalers before visiting a doctor. Do not delay your visit to the doctor, if you face any uneasiness.
For Diabetic Patients:
Well, we know it’s hard to resist your temptation from the variety of delicious sweets during Diwali. But, you have to keep in check your sugar levels. One or two sweets can be fine considered the fact that you have to be physically active or have had some exercises a few days before the festival to level your sugar. Take your insulin or medications on time to avoid fluctuations. Have a family member to control your sweet cravings during the festival.
Sambav urges everyone to follow the safety precautions and have a safe and bright Diwali. Do not forget to explore the Sambav’s Health Wallet App for more exciting features!