For a safe Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights and colours is traditionally celebrated by bursting firecrackers. However, experts such as Dr Jaisingh Shinde from Surya Hospital warn that it is of utmost importance to take all necessary precautions before using firecrackers. He gives a list of things to do and things to avoid this Diwali so that the festival can be celebrated safely.

Dos:

- Use fireworks only outdoors

- Buy fireworks manufactured by authorised producers

- Always use a long candle or 'phooljadi' to light crackers

- Keep the elbow staright to maximise distance between

your body and the crackers

- In case of burns pour large quantities of water on the burn

- In case of major burns, extinguish fire, remove all smolder

ing clothes and wrap patient in a clean bedsheet

- In case of an eye burn, wash with water for ten minutes

and take patient to hospital

Don'ts:

- Don't ignite fireworks while holding them

- Don't bend over fireworks being ignited

- Don't tamper with misfired fireworks

- Don't allow small children to handle fireworks

- Don't carry fireworks in pocket

- Don't store firecrackers near candles or diyas

- Don't wear loosely hanging clothes

- Don't wear synthetic clothing

- Don't apply any cream or ointment on a burn area

- Don't throw or point fireworks at people

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