Fireworks Safety During Diwali
Safety Measures during the festival of lights
Dos & Don'ts While Bursting Crackers
- Use fireworks only outdoor.
- Buy fireworks of authorized/reputed manufacturers only.
- Light only one firework at a time by only person. Others should watch from a safe distance.
- Keep the fireworks at a safer place.
- Organize a community display of fireworks rather than individuals handling crackers.
- Always use a long candle/'phooljhari' for igniting fire crackers and keep elbow joint straight to increase the distance between the body and the crackers.
- Keep two buckets of water handy. In the event of fire, extinguish flame by pouring water from the buckets. Every major fire is small when it starts.
- In case of burns, pour large quantity of water on the burnt area.
- In case of major burns, after extinguishing the fire, remove all smoldering clothes. Wrap the victim in a clean bedsheet.
- The patient should be taken to a burns specialist or a major hospital. Don't panicky.
- In case of eye burns, wash the eye with tap water for 10 minutes and take the victim to a hospital.
- Don't ignite fireworks while holding them.
- Don't bend over the fireworks being ignited.
- Don't ignite fireworks in any container.
- Don't approach immediately to the misfired fireworks.
- Don't tamper with misfired fireworks.
- Don't attempt to make fireworks at home.
- Don't allow small children to handle fireworks.
- Don't throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Don't carry fireworks in the pocket.
- Don't store firecrackers near burning candles and diyas.
- Don't light firecrackers in narrow by lanes; preferably use open areas and parks.
- Don't wear synthetic clothing; preferably wear thick cotton clothing.
- Don't wear loosely hanging clothes; secure all clothes properly.
- Don't apply any cream or ointment or oil on burnt area.
- Don't drive recklessly while taking a burn victim to the hospital; a delay of up to one hour is immaterial.