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Stay Safe this Diwali

 Diwali is a time for fun and celebration. Nevertheless, every year, we read about accidents and mishaps. Here are some tips on how to have a safe Diwali.  

  • Buy only branded fireworks from licensed shops.
  • Crackers must be stored in covered boxes, away from sources of fire and from the reach of children.
  • Adults must read the instructions and safety precautions and explain these to youngsters
  • Before beginning your fireworks celebrations, keep buckets of water, sand, blankets, aloe vera gel and ointment for burns ready as a precautionary measure.
  • Ensure that crackers are burst in large open spaces.
  • Children should always be accompanied by adults when they burst crackers.
  • Footwear is a must while bursting crackers and watching fireworks.
  • Crackers must be lit at arm’s length. Never keep your face close to the source of fire while lighting a cracker.
  • shutterstock_333342923Crackers should not be kept in shirts or pant pockets.
  • Burnt crackers should be discarded in a bucket of water to prevent burning people’s feet by accident.
  • For rockets, ensure that the area is clear from any obstacle such as trees, windows, doors, gates, sunshades, etc.
  • Only one person should light a cracker at a time. Avoid lighting more than one cracker, especially flower pots, ground chakras, etc. Take the candle or incense stick to the crackers rather than vice versa.
  • Never try lighting a cracker by placing it on your palm.
  • Vehicles must be parked away from places of celebration.
  • Wear thick cotton clothes while bursting crackers. Avoid synthetic or loose-flowing ensembles.
  • Crackers should never be burst in crowded places, narrow streets, inside the house, near any source of fire, electric boxes, etc.
  • Don’t examine un-burst crackers. It is dangerous.
  • Don’t throw crackers, as it may land on a passer-by or a child.
  • Trying to make your own fireworks by mixing contents or experimenting with crackers, is hazardous!
  • Small children should not be given crackers.
  • Don’t try to light crackers that have not burst.
  • Wear ear plugs while bursting bombs.
  • Keep flower pots and chakras on even, flat ground while lighting them.
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