Celebrating Diwali has become synonymous with bursting firecrackers as especially for the
young, Diwali is not the same if they cannot set off a few loud bangs and light up the darkened
sky with showers of fire. Every year, the sale of firecrackers steeply increases, the sheer variety
of firecrackers tempting more buyers to shell in their money. Unfortunately, this is the time when
incidents of burn injuries increase correspondingly across the country.
Diwali is a celebration of the victory of goodness, hope and joy and getting up before dawn,
bathing and wearing new clothes, the rush to burst the initial round of firecrackers to greet
the day are some memories that will be cherished for years. Ensure that these remain happy
moments by being careful when bursting firecrackers.
You can follow these safety measures to ensure that you enjoy a happy and safe Diwali.
What to Do
lighting sparklers inside the house, increasing the risk of fire accidents.
- Light fireworks outside the house. This may sound simple, but some kids might try
- Clear the area of all flammable material before you start setting off the fireworks.
- Keep young children away from firecrackers.
- Ensure that there is adult supervision when kids enjoy with fireworks.
contained burning area.
- Use Agarbattis to light crackers - they are safer than using sparklers as they have a
clothes are not a good idea.
- Wear clothes that fit close to your body while playing with fireworks. Loose flowing
- Light a firecracker and quickly move away.
- If a firecracker or flower pot does not burn on the first try, do not try to light it again.
and then dispose them safely.
- There is a good chance that it might burst unexpectedly. Instead, douse duds with water
them lying around. If any human or animal steps on a hot firework, it can cause severe
- Put burnt fireworks inside a metal container to safely dispose them later. Do not leave
- Light aerial display fireworks like rockets on open grounds.
- Keep fire extinguishers or buckets of water ready to deal with any accidental fire.
- Make a note of emergency numbers to call in case of accidents.
- Keep very young children and pets inside the house when lighting fireworks.
What Not to Do
- Do not ever try to light fireworks while holding them in your hands.
- Do not keep burning candles or lamps near your firework store.
- Do not try to light more than one firecracker at a time.
- Do not point fireworks like rockets towards buildings.
- Do not burst crackers in the middle of the road.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or inside a vehicle.
dangerous and unpredictable.
- Do not try to make homemade firecrackers out of used fireworks. They are extremely
are the best when you're playing with fireworks.
- Do not wear nylon or synthetic fabrics when lighting crackers. Well fitting cotton clothes
could go off and cause serious injury.
- Do not bend over fireworks after lighting them, to see if they have been ignited. They
With lamps driving away the darkness of the new moon night, fireworks lighting up the sky and
people exchanging sweets and greetings, Diwali is a festival like no other. It is anticipated and
planned for and enjoyed more than any other festival in a culture that has several celebratory
Follow some basic safety precautions while lighting fireworks this year, to have a safe, injury
free Diwali. Enjoy yourself with family and friends and play safely. It is a time of joy and
celebration so keep it that way.