How to Celebrate Diwali Safely

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Diwali Do’s and Don’ts: Diwali or Dipawali Festival is one of the foremost Hindu festivals, which is celebrated all over India. It is also known as ‘Festival of Lights’ because traditionally Diwali is celebrated by lighting candles and diyas and firing crackers. Electric light (bulb), candles, and oil lamps decorated at every home to spread the light all around and celebrate this glorious occasion. Most likely Diwali is celebrated in the month of October or November every year. It is considered as a harvest festival for the farmers. It is celebrated on the amavasya (no moon day). This year Diwali will be celebrated on 26th October.

People start cleaning their houses few days before the festival. Just two days before Diwali “Dhanteras” is celebrated, in which people purchase new utensils or some silver products for their homes. Then after Dhanteras “Chhoti Diwali and Badi Diwali” is celebrated in which people decorate their homes, perform puja of “Goddess Lakshmi” and sweets are distributed and crackers are burned .People burn crackers and enjoy their day. There are some safety steps to be followed while playing the safe and enjoyable Diwali. Let’s have a look on do’s and don’ts to play a safe Diwali.

Do’s

1. Always be available with your kids while they are bursting/firing the crackers so that you can make sure that they are burning crackers with precautions.
2. Try to wear cotton clothes so that fire does not catch your clothes easily. Girls and women should tie up their hair properly while firing the candles.
3. Wear shoes or slippers while bursting the crackers
4. Burst the crackers in the open area or an empty area outside your house.
5. If there is an injury with the cracker do rub over it a piece of potato or apply toothpaste to get immediate relief. You can also run cold water over the injured part of the body to get relief within minutes.
6. Persons with breathing problem should stay away from the crackers.
7. Always buy crackers of reputed brand and read the instructions carefully before burning them.
8. Kids below the age of 8 should be kept away from the fire crackers
9. A sufficient distance should be kept from the crackers while burning them and to run back quickly after burning it.
10. Keep bucket full of water and first aid box ready.
11. If you are burning lighted sparklers then hold them away from the body part.
12. Never re-light a cracker which has not burnt properly. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes and then dip it in a bucket of water.

Don’ts
1. Don’t wear loose and synthetic clothes while bursting crackers as they might catch fire easily. The clothes should also be not too long.
2. Do not burn the crackers near plastic wires. Keep the crackers away from electricity.
3. Do not light two crackers at the same time when people are lighting on the same place near you.
4. Don’t rub your eyes if something enters your eyes. Wash it with water and after washing your eyes, put medicine to get relief
5. Don’t throw crackers into the air.
6. Do not apply any cream or ointment immediately on burnt area

Diwali is known as the festival of unity which brings fun and joy. Every house is a lit with twinkling diyas and lights. I hope besides having fun you will also follow all the suggestions mentioned above.

Wish you and your family happy and safe Diwali…!

Ginni Juneja

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