Diwali is rapidly approaching, and preparations are already underway. People are busy planning get-togethers, purchasing customary sweets and presents for their loved ones, and finishing up their homes in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. It is a feast of happiness, radiance, and magnificence for everyone in the country. Fire Prevention and Consultancy Services believe it is up to us to observe it in a secure and environmentally friendly manner. We at FPCS see it as our key responsibility to remind people of safe ways to celebrate Diwali this year and always.
Our team of experts suggests it is better to either completely avoid firecrackers or choose green ones. These are supposedly safer than traditional crackers because they produce less noise and air pollution. Nevertheless, you should exercise caution at all times when using firecrackers. Here go the tips:
- Place earthen lamps and candles safe and sound from any combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, or paper, as well as electrical lines.
- Never tie electric lights to any metal poles since any current leakage could ignite the pole and shock anyone who touches it.
- Avoid lighting fireworks indoors because doing so endangers people who suffer from allergies and asthma.
- Even though you may have grown accustomed to using hand sanitizers since the Covid era, avoid doing so before firing firecrackers. They are highly inflammable.
- Never attempt to restart fireworks that don’t ignite at first.
- Avoid popping fireworks on the terrace and park your car in a secure area in case people celebrate on road.
- Never leave a child unattended, and use a long candle to light the crackers.
- Buy firecrackers from licensed vendors.
- Sky lanterns are very famous these days. When lighting one, make sure you’re outside with a clear sky and no obstacles.
- Wear tight-fitting cotton clothing rather than loose-fitting synthetic clothing when lighting firecrackers, and keep a pail of water close by when doing so.
- Avoid direct smoke exposure since it can cause choking. Shut your mouth and nose, and stay away.
- If normal breathing isn’t hampered, put on a paper or gauze mask to reduce smoke inhalation.
- After handling firecrackers, wash your hands, nose, mouth, and eyes with warm water.
- Keep necessary medicines close at hand. You can go here for instructions on how to treat small burns.
- It is always preferable to seek medical attention as soon as possible, at the first sign of shortness of breath or a severe non-retracting cough.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is well-known for its vibrant rangolis, rows of diyas and lamps, and a variety of delicacies. Let’s do all in our ability to prevent any accidents and make it a celebration in the truest sense.
Let Diwali always be a night of lights and never a night of terror!