That time of the year is here again. When the taste of sweetmeat and the brightness of colourful firecrackers will put a smile on your face. The festivities are infectious and bridges gaps between communities and people. Such is this festival, that is perhaps one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India.
Often the spirit of festivity is marred by accidents that could have been avoided had we practised some safety measures. Care must especially be taken to protect children, elderly people and pets from the perils of firecrackers and the pollution it causes. We must make efforts to reduce the damage caused to the environment.
Aren't we responsible towards the environment before getting about bursting firecrackers? Should we add up to the pollution that has depleted the air quality in the cities? What are some simple precautions that can ensure safety while you enjoy the "mother of festivals" with gaiety.
It is recommended that you wear fitting cotton clothes and stay away from synthetic clothing. Loose fitting clothes are also a bad option as they could attract fire easily. These should be avoided at all times when you are celebrating the festival.
You must purchase firecrackers from legal manufacturers and ensure that you take a look at the instructions before bursting them. Firecrackers of the highest quality can reduce the risk of a dangerous mishap.
Look at some of the hazards that are caused by the noise pollution.
By reducing the consumption of crackers and taking steps to reduce pollution, we can ensure a safe Diwali that can be enjoyed by the family while not worrying about the harmful consequences.
Before taking your children out in the open to burst crackers, it is highly important for you to give them instructions about firecrackers and the safety measures that one must take before handling them. Supervising them while they burst crackers is one of the most important steps you can take to assure safety for your children.
Tell them about the importance of green diwali and make sure that they reduce the use of crackers.
It is also important to have a fire extinguisher near the place where you are bursting firecrackers. Even a bucket of sand or water would also come handy in case of an urgency.
It is critical to not burst fire crackers in a closed space. Such incidents can lead to an outbreak of fire and damage property and human life.
From this year onwards, green crackers that will create 30% less pollution. Green crackers will have barium and strontium as constituents, and thus will have limited polluting particles.
Such steps will make sure that a clean and green diwali will be celebrated in the future and there will be considerable reduction in pollution.
A first aid kit should always be present in a house. During festivals like Diwali, it will come handy and useful to treat minor injuries.
Dispose of the used firecrackers by immersing it in a bucket of water or putting it in a heap of sand to cool it. Discard them carefully by wrapping it properly.
Keeping candles and diya at home can sometimes cost you dearly if you do not observe precautions. Make sure that there aren't any inflammable materials or curtains close to them. Use earthen diya to reduce pollution and ensure that you celebrate a green Diwali. Do not opt for cheap plastic diya.
Deepavali 2019 can be a time of agony for pets because of the extreme noise around. Try to sensitize your pet to the noise by playing similar noise in the background. Keep them away from firecrackers and do not leave them alone on the day.
Using firecrackers that do not create noise and too much smoke is the first step towards being polite and tolerant towards your neighbours. Senior citizens, young children and pets won't be able to put up with those kind of loud noises. Precautions should be taken to keep them away from noises and pollution even while they are indoors, which is why make sure that they are in airy rooms that are properly ventilated and would keep smoke at bay.
Colourful sweets are hard to resist during Diwali. Indians are genetically prone to diabetes and should stay away from starch and sugar to avoid diabetes. Stay away from sweets that use chemical preservatives, because such preservatives can damage our lungs and kidneys. It might lead to serious problems like asthma and cancer as well.Do not consume sweets that have silver coating. Such foils are often adulterated by aluminium and aluminium is a hazardous material that can cause grievous diseases.